Spring 2015 Hometown Trivia Questions
Q: What is the formal name of the stone sculptures located on the southwest corner of the Lyon County Fair Grounds?
A: Prairie Passage
Q: How many stone pylons make up the Prairie Passage sculptures?
A: 8. The pylons are clustered in four pairs of echoing images.
Q: Who was the artist that designed the Prairie Passage sculptures?
A: Richard Stauffer, an art professor at EmporiaStateUniversity, designed the stone sculptures.
Q: What type of stone was used to create the sculptures?
A: Limestone, to be more precise Cottonwood Limestone.
Q: Who supplied the limestone used for the sculptures?
A: Bayer Stone Inc. from its quarry in ChaseCounty.
Q: Name two of the four people represented on the sculptures.
A: Preston Plumb, General Nathanial Lyon, William Allen White, and a member of the Osage Native American Tribe (Alahe)
Q: Why were the stones erected?
A: The stones were part of the Kansas Sculptors Association Team Carve, a statewide project that placed native stone artwork at communities across Kansas. Emporia was chosen as the 1992 site due to a grassroots campaign started by locals.
Q: Nathanial Lyon was never in the county that is his namesake. However he was in a city that to this day honors him with a 28 foot tall obelisk of Missouri granite. In what city is this monument located?
A: St. Louis, Missouri
Q: How many hours were spent on carving the limestone?
A: Richard Stauffer estimated in the early 1990s that the project would reach around 1200 working hours by completion.
Q: The Alahe stone is echoed by a pylon with gesturing hands at its top. What does the sign language mean?
A: “I come in peace.”
Q: On what date were the stones placed at the fairgrounds?
A: April 25, 1994
Q: Preston Plumb is another person from LyonCounty’s history who is represented. In addition to being a founding father of Emporia and a U.S. Senator, he also achieved the rank of lieutenant-colonel with the 11th Kansas Volunteer Infantry during what war?
A: The Civil War
Q: At the time Prairie Passage was placed, what set Emporia’s stone carvings apart from other carvings created for this project?
A: Emporia’s project was regarded as the largest and most complex of all the projects in the state.
Q: One of the sculptures features the Santa Fe Railroad logo. In what year did the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company arrive in Emporia?
A: 1870. The railway arrived on July 17, 1870.
Q: How large are the Prairie Passage sculptures at the fairgrounds?
A: The eight sculptures range in height from ten to fifteen feet, and in weight from five to nine tons.
Q: William Allen White is represented on one of the sculptures. The White home at 923 North Exchange is made from bright sandstone. In what state was the sandstone quarried from?
Question 8: William Allen White wrote an obituary that has become
quite famous. For whom was this obituary written?
Answer: His only daughter Mary Katherine White. She died May 13,
1921. …"The Associated Press reports carrying the news of Mary
White's death declared that it came as the result of a fall from a horse.
How she would have hooted at that! She never fell from a horse in her
life." …"Her death resulted not form a fall but from a blow on the head
which fractured her skull, and the blow came from the limb of an
overhanging tree on the parking."…
Question 7: In World War II, which was named in memory of William Allen
White, a B-29 Bomber or a S. S. Liberty Ship?
The B-29 Super-fortress, bought with Lyon County money raised during the
Seventh War Loan Drive, in 1945, was named in memory of William Allen White.
By August 14, 1945 it had completed 30 bombing missions and brought it's crew
home safely. In April of 1946 it was reported to William Lindsay White that the B-
29 was at Hill Field, Ogden, Utah.
The S.S. William Allen White sailed all around the world touching ports in
the Black Sea at Odessa, Russia, Lisbon, Portugal, Spanish Morocco, Denmark,
Turkey, France, England and Germany. The newspaper article written in March of
1949 reported that Bosun Brown was …"concerned about the future of this floating
memorial to a great Kansan whose pen meant so much to so many."
Question 6: On September 20, 1924, what was the primary motivation for
William Allen White announcing …"that he was entering the race as an
independent for governor, because:"…?
Answer: William Allen White wanted to speak out against the Ku Klux Klan.
"I want to offer Kansans afraid of the Klan and ashamed of that disgrace, a
candidate who shares their fear and shame." …"Kansas, with her intelligence and
pure American blood, of all states should be free of this taint. I was born in Kansas
and lived my life in Kansas. I am proud of my state. And the thought that Kansans
should have a government beholden to this hooded gang of masked fanatics,
ignorant and tyrannical in their ruthless oppression, is what calls me out of the
pleasant ways of my life into this disgraceful but necessary task. I cannot sit idly by
and see Kansas become a byword among the states."…
Question 5: In 1923 William Allen White won a Pulitzer Prize for an
editorial. What was the name of the editorial?
Answer: To an Anxious Friend, written July 27th, 1922:
You tell me that law is above freedom of utterance. And I reply that you can
have no wise laws nor free enforcement of wise laws unless there is frees
expression of the wisdom of the people - and , alas, their folly with it. But if there is
freedom, folly will die of its own poison, and the wisdom will survive,. That is the
history of the race. It is the proof of man's kinship with God.
You say that freedom of utterance is not for time of stress, and I reply with
the sad truth that only in time of stress is freedom of utterance in danger. No one
questions it in calm days, because it is not needed. And the reverse is true also;
only when free utterance is suppressed is it needed, and when it is needed, it is
most vital to justice.
Peace is good. But if you are interested in peace through force and without
full discussion - that is to say, free utterance decently and in order - your interest
in justice is slight. And peace with justice is tyranny, no matter how you may
sugarcoat it with expediency. This state today is in more danger from suppression
than from violence, because, in the end, suppression leads to violence. Violence,
indeed, is the child of suppression.
Whoever pleads for justice helps to keep the peace; and whoever tramples
upon the plea for justice temperately made in the name of peace only outrages
peace and kills something fine in the heart of man, which God put there when we
got our manhood. When that is killed, brute meets brute on each side of the line.
So, dear friend, put fear out of your heart. This nation will survive, this state
will prosper, the orderly business of life will go forward if only men can speak in
whatever way given them to utter what their hearts hold - by voice, by posted card,
by letter or by press. Reason never has failed men. Only force and repression have
made the wrecks in the world.
Question 4: The Emporia Gazette's reputation became national with the
August 15, 1896 publication of what editorial by William Allen White?
Answer: "What's the Matter with Kansas?" From The Autobiography of
William Allen White here is a brief account of what took place on August 13 that
prompted this editorial:
…"Early that afternoon I went to the post office for the mail. ….A Block from the
office a crowd of Populists tackled me, …. They surrounded me. They were older
men-men in their forties and fifties and sixties-and I was twenty-eight. …Anyway,
the ganged me-hooting, jeering, nagging me about some editorial utterances I had
made. …Finally I broke through the cordon and stalked, as well as a fat man who
toddles can stalk, down the street to the office. I slapped the bundle of mail on Lew
Schmucker's desk and sat down to write for Monday's paper an editorial, and I
headed it, 'What's the Matter with Kansas?' And I remembered what Eugene Ware
said and added frill for frill to his ironic diatribe, and it came out vitriol:"…
Question 3: Over the years many championships and trophies have been won by
athletes and debaters.
Recently, 2010, the Lady Hornets basketball team won the NCAA Division II
National Championship. True or false women's basketball began the same year as
Answer: True, both men and women's basketball was introduced in 1900. The
board of regents believed women could enjoy the game as much as men and girls
were the majority of the student body.
Question 2: ESU Homecoming is here. Each year a number of Homecoming
traditions are continued. One of these anticipated traditions is the Homecoming
Football game. However, in 1893 the board of regents banned football, forever,
due to brutality, but it did not vanish.
What was the name of the Trophy Cup that was contended for by the Kansas State
Normal School (ESU) and the College of Emporia football teams?
Answer: The Mit-Way Cup, donated by O. M. Wilhite owner of the Mit-Way
hotel and a generous supporter of athletics was introduced in the interim football
season of 1900 and 1901.
Question 1: ESU Homecoming is approaching. Each year a number of
Homecoming traditions are continued. One of these anticipated traditions is the
Homecoming Musical. In 1974 the first Homecoming Musical was produced.
What was the name of that musical?
Answer: Camelot. Prior to 1974 an extravagant variety show called Curli-Q. It
was first produced in 1947 and featured the talents of faculty members as well as
The Homecoming Musical this year is All Shook Up.
Question 9: Who was the town Bushong named after.
Answer: First named Weeks then re-named in honor of Albert J Doc Bushong, who
was a catcher for 1886 World Series winning team the St Louis Browns.
Question 10: Who was the first settler Lyon County?
Answer: Charles Hall Withington, came to the Kansas Territory from Sac and Fox
Agency in Iowa, 1846. He was a gun smith for the Sac and Fox Indians, a Mail Agent,
kept a store for the Santa Fe and Indian trade. He built the first toll bridge in the Kansas
Territory. Withington was also appointed constable and was the first county
commissioner in 1855.
Question 11: The barn on Wiser Ranche is located near what north Lyon County
Question 12: In 1965 Allen and what other town built a lake north of Allen? What was
the name of the lake? Is it still there today?
Answer: Admire. The name of the lake is/was City Lake. The lake provided water for
both communities as well as good fishing and water recreation.
Is it still there today, go check it out and report back to the Lyon County Historical
Society, Education Director 620-340-6314.
Question 13: Who was the first elected mayor of Admire?
Answer: George W McDaniel, elected in 1916. Considering the Admire Town
Company was organized on August 6, 1866, it seems like it took awhile to elect a
Question 14: What was the first newspaper in Reading called?
Answer: Reading Advance was the first recorded newspaper in 1893.
Question 15: What is the name of the oldest town in Lyon County?
Answer: Neosho Rapids. In the summer of 1855, Jeff Pigman and Mr. Cobine laid out
the first Townsite near the Neoho river and named it Italia. Then re-named Florence,
later Neosho City, then finally Neosho Rapids.
Question 16: At one time there were many more communities in Lyon County
(approximately 85), name at least two that once were but are now no more:
Agnes City, Air, Alda, Alton, Attica, Badger Creek, Bitler, Blue Station, Breckinridge Center, Bunker Hill, Cahola, Central City, Chicago Mound, Columbia, Comisky, Cottonwood, Crawford, Cross, Decora, Dell, Dow Creek, Eads, Eagle City, Eagle Creek, Elco, Elm Creek, Elmandaro, Ewing, Florence, Forest Hill, Foster Springs, Fourmile, Fouse, Frederick, Fremont, Hard Bottom Ford, Harrisburgh, Hortonburg, Ho-Tun-Gah-To-Mo, Italia, Ivy, Kansas Center, Lang, Lena Valley, Line, Magda, Maxon, Maydale, Miami, Menda, Millerburg, Millsburg, Normal, Orleans, Patty's Mill, Phillips Ranche, Pittsburg, Plumb, Quincy, Rock Creek Station, Root, Ross, Russell, Sabbatarian Settlement, Shell Rock Falls, Shennandoah, Sheridan, Singleton Colony, Sonora, Springville, Stotler, Toledo, Trail, Verdigris, Waterloo, Watkins, Waushara, Wayman, Weeks, Wiggam, Withington, Wyckoff, Wyola, Zenett
The Fall Hometown Trivia questions theme will be centered on Emporia State University celebrating 150 Years.
The Lyon County Historical Society is celebrating it's 75th Birthday. For
more information call 620-340-6310.
Question 8: On the Emporia State University Campus name the oldest standing building and the newest building.
Answer: The oldest building standing building is Plumb Hall, 1916. The newest building is the Sauder Alumni Center, 1991.
Question 7: Emporia State University maintains seven Natural Areas and three Science Museums. Name at least one Natural Area or Science Museum.
Charles Coughlen Natural Area
F.B. and Rena G. Ross Natural History Reservation
Hamilton Fossil Quarry
Reading Woods Natural Area
Sarah Howe Natural Area (Howe Woods)
Johnston Geology Museum
Schmidt Museum of Natural History
The information in this question and answer comes from the ESU Handbook, which can be found online.
Question 6: Debate activities have been a part of Emporia State University since 1874. Over the years the George RR Pflaum Debate Society has established its place as one of the best intercollegiate debate programs. Last spring the *"ESU debate team became the first ever unified national champion of inter-collegiate debate by winning both the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship and the
National Debate Tournament Championship."
True or False, ESU is the only school to ever attain this accomplishment.
Answer: True. Debate trophies and awards are on display in King Hall,2nd floor.
*From the ESU handbook.
Question 5: In 1936, the Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 to Work Projects Administration; WPA) put many local people to work building a new home for Kansas State Teachers College (ESU) School Athletics. Today's Hornets still battle valiantly on this gridiron, Jones Field. What is the name of the stadium where Jones Field is located?
Answer: Welch Stadium; the first game played was on Armistice Day 1937.
Question 4: Journalism has long been an Emporia tradition. The students of the Kansas Normal School (ESU) were quick to establish their own literary voices in town with the founding of a school newspaper in 1906. What is the name the campus newspaper?
Answer: The Bulletin
Question 3: Over the years many championships and trophies have been won by ESU athletes and debaters. Recently, 2010, the ESU Lady Hornets basketball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship.
True or False: Women's basketball began the same year as men's basketball on the Kansas State Normal (ESU) school campus.
Answer: True, both men and women's basketball was introduced in 1900, on the Kansas State Normal (ESU) school campus. The Kansas board of regents believed women could enjoy the game as much as men and girls were the majority of the Kansas State Normal (ESU) student body.
Visit the Lyon County Historical Society Gift Shop, located in the LCHS Museum, 118 E 6th Ave, open Tuesday through Saturday 1:00 to 5:00 PM. LCHS Members enjoy a 10% Discount year round. For more information call 620-340-6310
Question 2: ESU Homecoming is here. Each year a number of Homecoming traditions are continued. One of these anticipated traditions is the Homecoming Football game. However, in 1893 the board of regents banned football, forever, due to brutality, but it did not vanish.
What was the name of the Trophy Cup that was contended for by the Kansas State Normal School (ESU) and the College of Emporia football teams?
Answer: The Mit-Way Cup, donated by O. M. Wilhite owner of the Mit-Way hotel and a generous supporter of athletics was introduced in the interim football season of 1900 and 1901.
Question 1: ESU Homecoming is approaching. Each year a number of Homecoming traditions are continued. One of these anticipated traditions is the Homecoming Musical. In 1974 the first Homecoming Musical was produced.
What was the name of that musical?
Answer: Camelot. Prior to 1974 an extravagant variety show called Curli-Q. It was first produced in 1947 and featured the talents of faculty members as well as students.
The Homecoming Musical this year is All Shook Up.