Helene Mae Monfort
Born April 10, 1913, Helen Mae Monfort passed away in her sleep Jan. 16, 2013, after two years of decline, three months short of her 100th birthday.
She was one of nine children born to Earl and Winnie Monfort of Iola. As an infant, she was voted “Prettiest Baby” at the Allen County Fair, and as a young woman was chosen “Miss Allen County.”
She graduated from Kansas State University; taught school near Iola in a one-room schoolhouse encompassing five grades; was a chemist testing munitions for Hercules Powder Company during WWII; a home economist for the Amana Company, and taught sewing and upholstery for the County Extension Service after the war.
She was married to S. Max Brown of Brown Brothers’ Construction in Manhattan. They moved to Tucson, Ariz., in 1957, where they raised two children, Richard and Joy. A few years after the death of her husband in 1969, she moved to Washington state to rejoin many of her brothers and sisters who had moved to that area over the intervening years. There she met and married retired Air Force Master Sgt. Joseph Eaves. She and Joe were instrumental in forming and supporting the Fort Walla Walla Museum in Walla Walla, Wash., where they lived.
She became an avid dealer in small antiques and collectibles. A passionate advocate of education, she generously contributed to the education of several nieces, and was a large donor of the University of Arizona and the Desert Museum in Tucson. She was a past president of the YWCA in Tucson. She was adventurous and traveled by boat, car, plane and train through much of the United States and also into the Yukon of Canada and to Mexico, Morocco, Tahiti and London. She was very excited to go to China when it opened its doors to the West. Helene was debilitated by a series of small strokes years ago while wintering in Tucson and remained in Tucson until her death.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Max, and daughter Joy; and later by her stepson Earl Eaves, she is survived by her second husband Joe and his children, Buddy, Cheri and Jo Ellen; by her son Richard Brown, daughter-in-law Kathryn, and grandchildren Kellner, Helene and Dennett; by her youngest brother, Phillip, of Waitsburg, Wash., and by the extensive offspring and their offspring of her Monfort siblings. She will be remembered as a generous and steadfast wife, mother and friend.
Donald L. Franklin, 85, Frontenac, died at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at his residence in Frontenac. Donald was born Jan. 29, 1931, in Walnut, a son of Lloyd and Elvina (Goff) Franklin. Donald worked in the chicken plant in Iola in 1961, and met and married Lois Marlene... [More]
Donald Edward “Don” Murray, 83, Iola, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at Allen County Regional Hospital.Don was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Piqua, the son of Alvin L. and Elizabeth Theresa (Bux) Murray. He attended St. Martin’s Grade School in Piqua and graduated... [More]
Homer D. Payne, 81, of Iola, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at Heritage Health Care in Chanute.Homer was born April 29, 1935, in rural LaHarpe, the son of George Albert and Hazel (Colgin) Payne. The family moved from LaHarpe to a farm southwest of Colony where he grew up.... [More]
SAFE BASE has received a five-year, $360,000 grant that will continue the after-school program for first- and second-graders at Jefferson Elementary.Angela Henry, executive director of the district’s program, spoke at Monday’s Iola City Council about SAFE BASE’s... [More]
A motorist remains at large following a chase that originated in Iola early Saturday and went through Allen, Neosho and Wilson counties before the driver fled on foot.Iola police officers received a call at about 5 a.m. about a motorist pointing a firearm at the driver of another... [More]
HUMBOLDT — Humboldt’s 59th Annual Biblesta parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.The one-of-a-kind parade features floats portraying events from Scripture. The floats are presented as how they occur in chronological order from Genesis to Revelations. Church groups,... [More]
HUMBOLDT — It would be difficult to draw up a more exciting start to a football game than Monday’s contest in Humboldt featuring the Cubs and the Caney Valley Bullpups. Facing a fourth-and-three from their own 46-yard line, the Caney Valley coaching staff decided... [More]
CARBONDALE — The Iola Ponies seventh-grade A-Team was able to earn a 3-1 victory over Santa Fe Trail on Monday. The Ponies won the first two sets, 25-17 and 25-19, over the Chargers to take a commanding lead in the match. Santa Fe Trail was able to respond with a 25-22... [More]
- EARLY TEST: Cubs suffer first junior varsity loss to Bullpups
- Seventh-grade Ponies pick up A- and B-Team road victories
- Iola JV falls on the road
- Cubs take second, Fillies are fourth in Burlington
- Ponies roll to title in home tournament
- Strong cross country performance highlights weekend for Red Devils
- Mustangs can’t slow powerful Chargers
- THE GAUNTLET: Mustangs face Pioneer League power Santa Fe Trail