Atwood Visit


Atwood Visit

Starting in 1861, Kansas was pretty much settled east to west and north to south, with the USA government exchanging 160 acres of land for settlers, many of whom were immigrants, who would home-stead the virgin land.  In 1875, one of the last settlements in Kansas was started on Beaver creek in northwest Kansas by T.A. Andraws and L.M. Matheney, who named the city for Matheny's  son, 14 year Los Attwood.   Six years later, the U.S. Post office changed the spelling to Atwood with one "T,"

Over the next decade, Atwood and Rawlings county became one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country.  The county had little communities of settlers from Germany (Lutherans), Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Ireland, Hungary, and civil war veterans. Each community practiced its own religion, and remained "clannish" for years.

This year’s president, Michael Mulligan, and president-elect, Ken Ruda (a proud Check!), hosted me and gave me a great tour.  Atwood had multiple small, successful manufacturing companies, and is surrounded by rolling plains.

The Atwood Rotary hosts the local community auction for the past 8 years.  This auction has raised to date over $275,000 for the community; the club has used these for multiple community projects, including a water well for Lake Atwood and play ground equipment.

The club presented me with a wonderful book about the history of Atwood, written by Ruth Hayden, mother of Atwood native, former Governor of Kansas, the honorable Mike Hayden.

I was also greeted by my old high school football coach and former Kansas State All American, Danny Lankas, who is an Atwood native.

Finally, I should share, the person who created "Smoky the Bear," Rudolph Wendelin, is an Atwood native; the Rawlings county museum was A plus!

Atwood truly is a community "where people care!"

Rotary Club of Atwood, thanks for all your service and for "Lighting up Rotary."