Home on the Range Fall 2014


      "Home on the Range"
Rotary Service Project, Fall 2014

140 years ago, Dr. Brewster Higley pinned a poem from his log cabin located about 14 miles north and west of Smith Center, Kansas.

"Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play.
Where never is heard, a discouraging word,
And the skies are not clouded all day."

This has become the most famous and most recognized folk song in the world!  And, of course became our state song in 1947.

Thanks, in large part to the Rotary club of Smith Center, the cabin from which Dr. Higley was inspired to write this poem, still stands!

Dating back to 1954, the Rotary club of a Smith Center, Kansas has saved this cabin several times!

Now, another preservation of the cabin has taken place, under the leadership of Honorary Rotarian El Dean Holthus, also of Smith Center.  El Dean is also celebrating the 100th year of his family being in the same home!

Rotarians from all over the state were present to help celebrate this piece of history, along with multiple history rein-actors, complete with Calvary horses and fiddle players!

The family of the late PDG Bill Grimes was also honored for Bill's "Service Above Self!" Bill was a passionate Rotarian from Smith Center who traveled to Panama 15 times on Rotary Service projects.