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Great Bend Daily Tribune (Newspaper) - May 12, 1957, Great Bend, Kansas Special Tribune interviews for Mother s Day 1957 four proud mothers and their sons Page 5 sunday May 12, 1957 the Bentley Brothers Wayne left and Howard right Are successful and widely known businessmen now. In this photo they Are about 30 and 21 respectively according to their proud Mother mrs Margaret Bentley. Mrs. Margaret Bentley. 82 just returned from Hawaii. A a tourist she made the trip alone. And. Of course by air. She does no to particularly enjoy boat trips. Flying is the Way to travel she Stales emphatically and she says that in this particular love she is much like her son Howard who lives at Kinsley he owns and pilots his own plane. Recently Howard picked up mrs. Bentley and her other son. Wayne at great Bend for a flight Over some of the Bentley farm land in Ness and Hodgeman counties. Speaking of the farm in Ness county takes mrs. Benley Back to the Days when at the age of three she came to Kansas with her parents to Homestead Lead in Ness county in those Days there were no towns nearer than Larned and it was a two Day trip by horse and Wagon to shop they stayed overnight at Browne a Grove now known As Burdett. It was in 1911 that the Bentley moved to great Bend. Wayne was then in the fourth Grade and Howard was just a baby. Their father was in the lumber business. Both of the boys completed their schooling in great Bend mrs. Bentley recalls a trip by Wagon out to the Ness county farm when Wayne insisted on walking across the Pawnee Creek Bridge he climbed out of the Wagon and then discovered you could see through the Bridge flooring where wide cracks disclosed boiling Brown water far below. He quickly climbed Back into the Wagon. Giving mrs. Bentley one of the Heartiest laughs she can remember. She recalls also a Straw hat that Wayne was particularly fond of. He wore it constantly she said and was deeply dismayed whenever it blew off. A and in this Windy country you know How often Ilia mrs. Bentley observed that Wayne a now a hardware dealer in great Bend a has always been conservative a like his he graduated from Kansas University and came Home to go into business. He has served the Community in Many civic functions capped by Many years on the school every Mother delights in telling about her children. So for mothers Day 1957, we selected four mothers of Well known great Bend men and asked them to recall the Days gone by. While the sons now represent widely divergent Fields retailing politics banking the Law the printing Trade the Oil Field business their mothers have a common Pride and Joy in their sons. If there were any of the Normal trials involved in raising persistence is a necessary Quality in a lawyer. Mrs. Josephine Kopke of Pawnee Rock tells a Story to illustrate the persistence of her son Warren who is a prac Ucma attorney in great Bend. Mrs Kopke is me Mother of four children and has lived in Barton county most of her life. She now lives at Pawnee Rock where she works in the school lunch room. At one time her husband was associated with Kopke Brothers wholesale grocery Here at a site now occupied by the Macurdy hatchery. It Burn-3ed to the ground 30 years ago in a Blaze that is still known As the worst fire in the City a history. But Back to me Story of Warren. It was at Hie age of eight mrs. Kopke says that her son took a mrs. Bentley loves to travel and at 82, prefers flying to any other Mode. But she still drives alone to Colorado Springs often. Board. Howard on the other and chose a rather than College when Given the Choice by his parents. With the Money thai would have gone into tuition he has parlayed his business interests into a sizeable combination of ranch retail and wholesale businesses. His Western Supply co has a great Bend Branch in addition to those in several other Central Kansas cities. In addition Howard has played a very Active role in Kansas politics serving in the state legislature As one of its More colourful personalities. Mrs Bentley is of course very proud of her two sons and avers that they were both Good boys and a nothing but a Joy to it would appear that raising such Active sons has been no Strain. Mrs. Bentley is an inveterate traveler she had visited Cuba and Canada in addition to most of the . She has helped in the store Here for about 20 years up until two years ago. A now in a retired a she says with a smile. Warren Kopke at eight looked every bit the mischievous lad that his Mother describes. Now he is a successful lawyer in great Bend. Mrs. Josehpine Kopke just As Jolly As her photograph is proud of her two sons and her two daughters. She is now a resident of Pawnee Rock. Fancy to his fathers pipe. A any amount of talk and persuading was of no she explains. A one Day when he came Home from school he went after his dad s pipe and i saw i had lost my Point so mrs Kopke told him to smoke it promising him a dime and a sucker. A the was in his height of glory. But no sooner had he had his pleasure of smoking than he w As soon sick he was White As a Sheet a mrs Kopke said Warren moaned. A get me to a and he admits that at that Point Mother got scared. But it All worked out satisfactorily and that was the end of the pipe smoking. A Warren s younger brother Larry. Is a freshman at it. Hays state College where he is taking a pre Law course. As coincidence would have it Larry is a familiar face at the Bentley hardware Tsee the Bentley Story at the far left. Larry is 18 and an Honor graduate of Pawnee Rock High school. Mrs. Kopkey a other children Are mrs. Della i mrs. Carter Holmes Smithville. Ark and Joan mrs. Bud Wonsettler Mccook neb. These boys their mothers have largely forgotten. For As they look Back on the past they recall Only the happiness involved in watching a family grow a lightly sprinkled with amusing incidents. Some of these incidents they have related Here. One stipulation in the interviews was that the mothers not Tell their sons about the sunday feature. So both this article and its accompanying pictures will come As a Surprise to the a a boys. We dedicate it to All the mothers of the Golden Belt who have similar stories to Tell about their children. Its wonderful that someone thought of mothers Day to pay tribute to the most wonderful people in the world. John Ross 3121 Forest has been associated with the Oil Industry All his life according to his Mother mrs. Fern Ross who in 1955 moved to Kansas to live with her Only son his wife and daughter. For during Joan s Early years his father Charles Ross was a chief auditor for the foreign division of the Standard Oil co . That took Johns parents away for Long periods in South America. Jotin remained in the ., living with mrs. Ross s Mother mrs. Perry Spangler. / a we came Home on vacations and John and i would go to new York on excursions a As a Reward for being a Good boy while we mrs. Ross explains they a stay in the Best hotels and often saw three show s a Day. Through the years. When he was six until he reached 14, she always insisted that he take care of her on these excursions registering at the hotels and ordering the meals. John Ross at age 2, stands on a chair so the photographer can take his picture. It was at age six that he picked up a scar playing with firecrackers according to his Mother. Mrs. Fern Koss who has come to great Bend to live with her son and daughter in Low is already Well known locally As a lecturer on antique Glass. A we both had a wonderful mrs. Ross recalls one incident that has left its Mark literally on John. Quot when he was six. He decided firecrackers would make a lot More noise if they were fired from the top of a ladder. For some reason known Only to a six year old he placed to o bricks on the top of the ladder from which to fire the Holiday explosives. Quot it worked Fine for a while. But suddenly his timing went wrong. Before he could Scurry Down the rungs of the ladder Boom a one of the bricks landed on top of his head. Of yes he still has the this is Home now. Mrs. Ross says of great Bend. At 63, she is a charming conversationalist. As a lecturer on antique Glass and bottles she is already Well known locally. When asked for a general comment on her son she smiled and pointed out that a the is an Only child you must remember. That Means he a something special a what she meant was Quot he a mrs. Joe Whelan would hardly be taken for the grandmother of seven. She has lived in great Bend since 1925, raising two sons and two daughters. When mrs. Joe Whelan greets you at the door of her attractively modern Home at 1404 10th, you d never guess she is a grandmother. She and Joe. Who also looks younger than his years have lived in their Home for 27 years and raised four children who have in turn families of their own. And now ifs a big Happy family with five grandsons and one granddaughter and everyone lives right Here in great Bend. But this Story is about mrs. Whelan and her sons. Don and Cecil. Don is now cashier of the first Don Whelan looked every bit the businessman in this photo taken while he was in High school. He has been Quot in business Quot on main Street since he was 12, his Mother explains. Cecil Whelan at about seven years old looks every bit the outdoors Man on his Pony. National Bank Here a following a. Career that he set for himself As a teenager Cecil who started his Trade at the age of 12, is a skilled Printer taught by a master of the Trade. De Vollmer. Mrs. Whelan explains that both her sons Don is the older by six years took to work Early. At 12, Don took a Job As a Fountain boy and delivery boy at a drug store Here. After graduation from High school he went to work for j. C. Penney a store and returned to Penney a after his world War ii service. Six years ago he joined the staff of the first National Bank rising to his present position As cashier. He is also a director in the Kinsley Bank. A the has always been strictly business a his Mother says. Cecil had Only to go across the Street to learn the printing Trade in the shop of de Vollmer there on 10th Street. He is one of half a dozen men who Vollmer trained several of whom Are still in the Trade in great Bend. Cecil is now shop Foreman at the Herald press printing co. But the boys found time for other interests. After the War they joined with their father in the to Don be investment co. They own and operate a roller skating rink on North main and a group of apartments nearby. Cecily a Knack with carpenters tools has helped in this construction work. Mrs. We Helan said her sons have always been a the Best of boys and she could to think of any mischief to report on them. One might jump to the conclusion their behaviour was rigidly controlled by Joe who is a former Barton county sheriff. But or. And mrs. Whelan insist they always gave their boys free rein but that they were just too Busy for mischief. And besides Joe Wasny to sheriff until the boys were grown up. It Bank on the f Kcf Fht pm mrs 37/2y--Fjsy. A Hie filter Nofu Ionel Bam Irv 19 fur 9ftif i 91 i arrange now for the loan you need on that new car at the first National Bank car insurance from the agent. 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