Founders set in stone
A crowd of nearly 100 residents braved chilly temperatures and a biting wind Sunday, Nov. 2 during a ceremony honoring the Basehor brothers.
In 1889, Pennsylvania natives Reuben and Ephraim Basehor came to the area now named after them. At the time, the town encompassed a mere 160 acres.
Today, 114 years later, approximately 3,000 acres is Basehor land.
On Sunday afternoon, local residents and officials paid homage to the city's founders by unveiling a four-ton monument in their honor. By securing donations and grants from 25 residents, businesses and private foundations, members of the Basehor Historical Society were able to secure funding for the $10,000 monument.It sits at the southwest corner of 158th Street and Parallel, the future site of a Basehor Historical Society Museum and Conference Center.
Historical Society member Wes Neu was impressed with the attendance of the Sunday afternoon ceremony.
"I think this is a great town and it shows the great support of this community," Neu said.
Basehor mayor Joseph Scherer served as keynote speaker during the ceremony. Scherer asked residents remember why they call Basehor home.
"Ask yourselves why you live here and what makes this a great town and remember that every day," the mayor said.
The following people participated in the Sunday event:
- Bob Wiley, commander of the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 11499, and Fred Box, Basehor VFW chaplain, hosted introduction ceremonies.
- Gerald Cooper, historical society president, recognized project workers and donors.
- State Rep. Ray Cox, R-Bonner Springs, whose 39th District covers Basehor and Bonner Springs, and Jill Hackett, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent, attended the ceremony.
Also dedicated on Sunday afternoon was a flagpole in honor of two longtime Basehor residents, the late Eugene and Darlene Theno. The couple's son, Melvin, accepted a plaque in honor of his parents and participated in the flag-raising and dedication.
Plans are continuing to complete the Museum and Conference Center at the site on 158th Street, land donated to the Historical Society by Basehor residents Ray and Ann Breuer.