Ed and Anne Casey and their daughters Emma and Cassandra had always considered getting a foreign exchange student.
“Having come from Ireland and feeling kind of alone, being the only foreigner around, mom wanted to bring more culture here,” said Emma.
Anne explained that early last year there was a big story in California about J1 students from Ireland who had a big party (The J-1 visa in the United States is for people who wish to take part in work-and-study-based exchange and visitor programs in the U.S.). Jun 7, 2016, 11:54
Van Hardin and Macey Brackin at WHO radio's studio for Macey’s job shadowing. Photo by Bev Nordyke
Nine years ago, Bonnie Lucas from the Van and Bonnie show on WHO radio was on vacation. The station decided they wanted a child to fill in for her.
“It was a contest and somebody had told my mom about it,” began Macey Brackin. “I woke up that morning and my mom was on the phone. I had no clue who she was talking to, but she handed me the phone. It was Van Hardin. He was talking to me, just having a conversation when he asked me to spell where I lived, which is Woodburn. When I spelled it to him I spelled it Burnwood instead of Woodburn.”
When asked if she was nervous and that was why she spelled Woodburn wrong, Macey laughed and said, “No, I just didn’t know how to spell!” May 16, 2016, 10:43
Logan Helton, Helton Homes. Photo by Linda Grismore
“In 1960 the Humeston Commercial Club felt there was a need for senior citizen housing, so they held a meeting and got the ball rolling on it,” began David Gunzenhauser.
The Humeston Commercial Club was a group of Humeston businessmen and the forerunner of the Mormon Trail Chamber.
There were approximately 25 people present at the meeting. They decided they wanted to go forward with the idea, so they elected a board. Knowing they were going to need money to start with, they decided to charge a membership of $20.
“Everybody signed up and the board went to the Farmers Home Administration to apply for a low cost loan,” said Gunzenhauser. “At that time, the government was pushing rural housing.” May 10, 2016, 14:58
Ronda Fry stands by the Grampa Jims sign painted by Fry, niece Beth Parmer and great niece Kaylee Parmer. Photo by Linda Grismore
After retiring from FSA in Corydon after 23 years, five months later, Ronda Fry’s husband Richard Fry passed away suddenly. After some time had gone by and with no traveling plans, Fry wondered what she could do to keep herself busy.
The answer came after Suzanne Wetterling decided to get rid of her building and Fry showed an interest in buying it. As it turned out, Sam Langtry had gifted the building to Wetterling, so Wetterling decided to gift it to Fry. “That was really cool,” said Fry. “I couldn’t believe it, I was just like wow!”
Langtry’s vision was to see all the buildings in Humeston having businesses in them, rather than sit there empty and fall apart. May 5, 2016, 11:27