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Letter: Childhood home is gone

Jeanine Kastner, Topeka

An “old friend” is gone! My mother informed me that my childhood home was razed, recently, which we had expected by summer. The two-story log building at 39129 Highway 6, next to the Gas House Restaurant, in Edwards, is gone. It served as the Edwards Store and Post Office, with the upstairs as my home through Vail’s early beginnings from 1957 to 1966. That building, with the store and post office, actually, was built by Cliff and Mary (Fenno) Thomas in 1929. My mother started with 35 post office boxes while Vail was pastureland for sheep.

Mr. Kemp, who had owned the building in recent years, was kind enough to give my mother and me a tour of the old building last year.

I’m in the midst of writing a history of the Edwards Store and Post Office, as well as that building. I plan for the front cover a picture of the store with me, as a little girl standing in front, with my Rotweiller mix dog, Bullet. The 1940’s, blue, Dodge, pickup truck, parked next to me in the picture belonged to a good store customer and Squaw Creek rancher Ellis Bearden whose nickname was “Bearcat.”

The purpose of the book is to show the contrast in change at Edwards due to the arrival of Vail.

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