Sunday, July 31, 2011

Missouri Valley Special Collections : Item Viewer

Rudy Patrick Seed Company
TitleRudy Patrick Seed Company
DescriptionFull frontal and side view; located on northeast corner of 9th and Santa Fe.
Item TypePhotograph, b/w
CollectionGeneral Collection (P1), Buildings--Rudy Patrick Seed Company, Number 1
Local SubjectRudy Patrick Seed Company
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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This photo was taken on January 24, 2010 in Quality Hill, Kansas City, MO, US, using a Canon PowerShot SX20 IS.

Rudy Patrick Seed Co. ghost sign #1

West bottoms, Kansas CIty, Missouri.Painting names down the edge of buildings like this was done so it would show looking doen the street. The buildings were densely packed and relatively tall, challenging the height of the skyline of the commercial buildings downtown in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The difference is that the west bottoms was approoximately 100 feet lower, under the hill where downtown Kansas CIty was built on a promnitory.

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This photo was taken on January 24, 2010 in Quality Hill, Kansas City, MO, US, using a Canon PowerShot SX20 IS.

Rudy Patrick Seed Co. ghost sign #2

"Field - Feed - Grass". In the summer of 1965 at age 16 I worked on a crew "putting up hay" for farmers except for the two mornings a week when I assisted Mr. Densil Cox in the collection of sacked brome from farmers in the vicinity of Wellsville, Kansas, the small town where I grew up. Mr. Cox and I would load his truck with seed in the early morning hours and haul it to Rudy Patrick for sale. The doors you see here under the dock roof would be where he backed the truck and I would unload while he "shot the bull" with the secretary and then management before conducting his business. When I was finished he would spring for a grape Vess soda or maybe a Grapette and off we would head for home.
I guess this person and Marty missed each other working at the same place by 1 year. 

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Marty worked in KC? Rudy Patrick Seed Company

Rudy Patrick Seed Co. ghost sign #4

The west building had two flat sides and a third that was curved because it was built inside (and very near) a rail switching track. The resulting shape was that of 1/4 circle. Think of a very large slice of pie or pizza. As hard as it is to believe driving through this neighborhood today, around 1900 the land was in such high demand and so valuable that the buildings here were tightly packed and little ground wasted.

I googled Rudy Patrick Seed Company today and this cool picture came up-Marty worked at Rudy Patrick Seed Company right after graduation in the summer of 1966. I enjoy seeing places where he spent time in his short life of 19 years. Wonder where he stayed at night while working here?

While removing some of Mom and Dad's family pictures in frames I found this sealed in the back of the picture frame. I don't remember him being away from home except one time Gerald and Marty headed to the City to get a job and live there? I just remember them coming back it was summer after they graduated and didn't know Marty stayed long enough to earn $165.65. Wish they had stayed in KC and the accident would never had happened.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

For years and years on Main Street Mom had a picture that hung on the living room wall of cows standing in a  pond. It was kinda ugly, Mom said Opal had given it to her. Some of the furniture Opal had given Mom and Dad belonged to Grandma Brittingham's Mother and Grandmother. Grandma Brittingham was born in the late 1800's
 I saw a picture similar to that picture on Antique Roadshow today by an Artist Peter Moran, it bore a striking resemblance to that ugly cow picture that hang on the wall on Main Street for so long.  So if ( the cow picture could have been a real artist painting by Peter Moran it would have been very old, from England and very valuable)??
 I do not know what happened to that picture probably ended up in the trash. This picture on the road show was valued at $25,000. YIKES! Does anyone else remember that cow picture?

PETER MORAN     1841  – 1914  came from a family artists. His brothers Edward and Thomas were painters and etchers, and a sister-in-law, Mary Nimmo Moran, was an etcher. Peter was born in England and came to the United States at the age of three. He trained in a lithographic shop, but did not like it. He decided to become an artist, and admired animal painters like the famous Edwin Landseer. Later he became very interested in scenes of the wild west as it was being settled. He learned etching, and became one of the best in the country. He was president of the Philadelphia Society of Etchers.
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The adventures of Flora and her Rusty

Since Flora was very little her Rusty has went everywhere with her. He has traveled many miles and many cities. We entertained Rusty while in KC last May.

Marty and his Pooh Bear
 Marty had his "adventures of Winnie the Pooh" who also went everywhere with him. One day when Marty was probably 3 or 4 years old we went to a church rummage sale in El Dorado Mo. with Papa and Grandma. While looking at the stuffed animals for sale Marty laid down Pooh and forgot him!! "Tut-Tut" OH NO! We left the rummage sale and headed back to Nevada, several miles out of El Dorado, Marty exclaimed to Papa "I left my Pooh Bear" Papa turned that car around and headed back to that church in a heart beat! Then Papa had to convince the ladies at the sale that this Pooh Bear was his Grand Son's and we were NOT going to pay for it!! (But of course Papa would have if it was necessary in the rescue mission) Pooh was finally rescued! Pooh went through many wash machine rides and his original red shirt so I made him a new one out of a patch of red double knit material and ironed on his name, Pooh has a place of honor in Charley's bedroom today.

Andrew and his Wrinkles 
Oh, that Andrew and Wrinkles! Wrinkles and Andrew were inseparable! Wrinkles had many adventures, one was Kay-Bee toy store. One day while Andrew was looking at Ninja Turtles he laid Wrinkles in the isle of the store. He got side-tracked and left him there! A few minutes out of the store in the mall Andrew noticed Wrinkles was missing!! I remembered what Mom had taught me when you have lost something-"where was the last place you had it or saw it"?? The toy store!! We rushed back to the toy store and there was Wrinkles still laying in the isle where Andrew left him! I suppose no one wanted a tattered, torn,  totally loved too much stuffed dog! nor would they paid for this little creature! The other time Andrew left Wrinkles a convenience store in Blue Springs, he did not notice he was missing because he was focusing on his candy treats! After arriving home Andrew realized Wrinkles did not make it home with us. Again, I had to put Mom's common sense to work, we had been many places that day so we started at the last store we had been at. When we pulled up to the convenience store at the corner of 40 Highway and 7 Highway, there in the window on display was none other than Wrinkles! Andrew was so happy and I am sure Wrinkles was glad to be reunited with his family. Wrinkles has retired from being dragged around town and from visiting Papa and Grandma's house in Nevada Mo and resides on Andrew's closet shelf along with a few of his buddies, including talking Wrinkles. He will always have a special home with Andrew. 

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Finn and Greta by Flora

FinnGretabyFlora by dmhergert
FinnGretabyFlora, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

While visiting my photo's on Flickr today I found this lovely, colorful drawing by Flora. Made me smile and think of her and Charley

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Great Ape House July 14th 2011 and Zoo Trip Memories

The Great Ape House stands abandoned today along with other exhibits that I can remember as a kid, monkey island, the storybook land play area, turtle and pony rides for 25 cents.

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The Great Ape House Then-1966

When we were kids in the 60's and visited the zoo we all Love the Great Ape House
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Monday, July 18, 2011

The Zoo Mural

Which one is the monkey?

The Polar Bear Exhibit

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Memories of Mr. Dehon, I think he taught everyone of the Brittingham children to drive

Des Dehon

Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Des Dehon, 85, Nevada, was born in Arma, Kan., Feb. 26, 1926, and left his earthly home on Feb. 27, 2011. Des was the only son of Desire Sr. and Zoe (Vilet) Dehon, French immigrants.His parents both came to the United States as very young children, settling first near West Mineral, Kan., joining family working in the coal mines. After they were married, they moved to Arma, Kan., where Des and his three sisters attended school and his father continued to work in the mines.
After graduating from high school in 1943, Des was called to service. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from July 1944 to July 1946, stationed at several bases throughout the United States. He served as a side gunner on a B-17 Bomber.
Following his discharge from service, Des worked in construction and for the Kansas City Southern railroad until 1951, when he entered Pittsburg State Teachers College, which is now Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan.
On July 21, 1950, Des took Betty June Jewell of Arcadia, Kan., as his bride. They were married in the Arma, Kan., Methodist Parsonage by the Rev. Robert Alexander.
In 1954, Des received his Bachelor of Science degree in education and then received his Master's of Science degree in education in 1958.
Des taught two years in Humboldt, Kan., before moving to Nevada in 1956, where he taught in the Nevada R-5 school district until his retirement in 1985. Des taught classes in typing, general business, and drivers' education for which he is well known. At the time of his retirement in 1985, he was well into his second generation of students learning to drive. Des was one of those teachers who taught and touched the lives of so many students who passed through the halls of NHS. He also served as the senior class sponsor for many years.
Des will be long remembered for his outstanding Christmas yard displays, which he produced annually until his health prohibited him from doing so. He produced these displays for the children of his former students as well as for his own grandchildren and family.
Des is survived by his wife, Betty June (Jewell) Dehon of the home; daughter, Debbie and her husband, James Stacy, Nevada; two sons and their wives, Jeff and Lisa Dehon and Lee and Beth Dehon, all of Olathe, Kan.; and six grandchildren, Brant Stacy, Diedre Lathrop and her husband, Kyle, Desiree Stacy, Max Dehon, and Jewell and Jaycee Dehon. Other survivors include one sister Irma and her husband, Carrol Fleury, as well as several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
Des was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Augusta Peternell and Alberta Tersina, all of Arma, Kan.
Des came to know Christ and joined the Moundville Methodist Church in 1990. He was also a lifetime member of the Retired Missouri State Teachers Association, Lon Helm American Legion and Eagles Lodge of Arma, Kan.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 4, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with Dr. William Cox officiating. Interment will follow with military honors in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service and the family receives friends from 7-8 p.m., Thursday, March 3, at the funeral home.
Those who wish may contribute to the Des Dehon Scholarship Fund c/o Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.
View obituary and send condolences on line at

I always wondered what happened to the Cottey College Jean Jackets?


Traditions Ban

February: 75% of the senior class votes to "retire the duck and the duck jacket as symbols of senior superiority," although this number does not seem to reflect the general opinion of seniors on traditions and the duck. Most duck jackets are confiscated and shipped to the Appalachian mountains, although a few are saved by alumnae. Hermann the Duck, the class mascot, is banned from campus until 1971.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Vacation Bible School

While driving to a lease house listing around 71 highway and Troost today I turned down a street and right in front of me was this little neighborhood church with the vacation bible school sign in the front yard. It instantly brough back the memories of the little Nazarene Church that was  in our back yard neighborhood when we were growing up on Main Street. Whenever school was out for the summer I could not wait for Vacation Bible School to start! I LOVED IT! I think it was only me and Galen that went. We just walked over by ourselves and enrolled (no parent needed-unheard of these days)!!  They gave us work study books and arts and crafts supplies, we played outside and had cookies and Kool Aid everyday! One of the best memories of my childhood!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Remembering the Hergert Fireworks Stand

When Dave went to work for Harry Lloyd, House of Lloyd in 1978 we found out a big part of his business was importing fireworks and giving his employee's the opportunity to earn extra money operating their own fireworks stands. The other part of House of Lloyd was called Consigned Sales, Harry sold the fireworks to the employee's at a very reduced price and if you worked hard and the weather permitted you could make a lot of money in a few days! It was HOT, AND VERY HARD WORK! I compared it to running with the carnivals! 

The stand was open for 5 days to a week, depending on the local laws governing the sale of fireworks.  I recall it being fairly fun work, though ALWAYS HOT.  I mostly remember the customers, kids always got excited about fireworks, but many of the adults were just as giddy. There was the occasional ornery customer who would get mad if we didn't have a specific item, or would try to negotiate a better deal. Local kids would continually hound us to demonstrate the product for them. But for the most part the customers were pleasant. We were a part of their Fourth of July ritual, and that usually put everyone in good spirits. 
We finally closed the shop for good the night of the Fourth, having missed out on the celebration ourselves. All told, keeping the business in the family we could make a lot of money in a short period of time. Consigned Sales company would buy back the unsold inventory, so this allowed use to have an advantage over the other stands in town, we could keep our stand fully stocked to the end of the 4th. Every year we vowed we would never run a fireworks stand again!  But always did! We started our 1st stand in 1978 in Fort Scott Kansas, that year we earned enough for a down payment on a new home. ($34,000 house, FHA 3% down with 1/2 allowed in sweat equity, we painted the entire house inside and out ourselves) We did Fort Scott for 2 years I think, then we found a really good location in Manhattan Kansas and Marty was getting old enough to help run the stand. Over the next few  years Marty learned how to run his own stand as a teenager. I think we did Manhattan for until 1991 or 1992? Over the years my brother's Thurman and  Galen worked as well as Marty's friends Craig and Travis Feldman. The last year in Manhattan, My friend and employee at my gift shop in Blue Springs, Lora Bollinger helped us. After suffering a mild heat stroke, she took a scared oath NEVER TO DO THAT AGAIN!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Building Keepers/The Buildings

Every now and then I see the Building Keepers van downtown and remember "the buildings" as we called the offices around town that Mom and Dad cleaned every evening except Sat and Sun-but on Sundays Dad would go "check the buildings" (they thoroughly cleaned on Friday but..."as Mom said-if one of the employees worked on Sat or Sun Dad was going to make sure it was clean to start off Monday"!  I think their mission statement belonged to Dad first!

Building Keepers is focused on facilitating the responsibilities and duties of property managers, foremen and facilities managers. It is our goal to provide the highest quality of cleaning while maintaining the highest level of professionalism through consistent and efficient communication with our customers.

Also, Mom and Dad worked "the buildings" every evening. If we needed them here was the system-ring the phone of the office building twice then hang up-then Mom and Dad knew it was one of us kids and they would call us back! Quite the system! Or we just showed up at "the buildings" and Dad would let us in. 

Ruby, Flora and Madison Class of 2011

Ruby, Flora and Madison by dmhergert
Ruby, Flora and Madison, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

The Graduate

Flora Podium by dmhergert
Flora Podium, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Flora Graduates Preshool

Flora 1 by dmhergert
Flora 1, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.


Ghostes by dmhergert
Ghostes, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

The next budding artist in the Hergert/Swan/Brittingham Family-Andrew watch out! Here comes Charley!

Charley and Flora Porch Picnic

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Charley and Flora Porch, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Angels I guess!

Charley Porch Picnic Faces

Charley Picnic Blanket 3 by dmhergert
Charley Picnic Blanket 3, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Charley Porch Picnic Faces

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Charley Picnic Blanket 2, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Charley Porch Picnic Faces

Charley Picnic Blanket 1 by dmhergert
Charley Picnic Blanket 1, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Flora Porch Picnic Faces

Flora Picnic Blanket 2 by dmhergert
Flora Picnic Blanket 2, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Flora Picnic Faces

Flora Picnic Blanket 1 by dmhergert
Flora Picnic Blanket 1, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Charley Rainy Day

Charley Rainy Day 1 by dmhergert
Charley Rainy Day 1, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Cool boots Charley!

Charley Rainy Day

Charley Rainy Day 2 by dmhergert
Charley Rainy Day 2, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

"Where are you going my little one"?

Charley Rainy Day

Charley Rainy Day 3 by dmhergert
Charley Rainy Day 3, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Charley Rainy Day

Charley Rainy Day 4 by dmhergert
Charley Rainy Day 4, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

FINALLY! It is really raining so I can wear my rain boots.

Flora Rocks

Flora Rocks by dmhergert
Flora Rocks, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

My "what long legs you Have Miss Flora"!

Charley Rocks

Charley Rocks by dmhergert
Charley Rocks, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

I think the shirt says it all!

Charley, Marty and Flora Father's Day

Charley, Marty and Flora 1 by dmhergert
Charley, Marty and Flora 1, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Marty and Flora

Marty and Flora  by dmhergert
Marty and Flora , a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Superhero Escapes

Superhero Escapes by dmhergert
Superhero Escapes, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Charley's 3rd Birthday Cake

Cake 1 by dmhergert
Cake 1, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Designed by Amy and Marty-hand make by Amy and Marty

Marty Car

Marty Car by dmhergert
Marty Car, a photo by dmhergert on Flickr.

Marty pretending he is 3 again!