Russell Stover Was Born Here!

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The 150th birthday of the town Russell Stover was born in, was celebrated with a parade and many activities on August 28th. The town is Bull City, named after Hiram C. Bull, politician. Bull City is in Osborne County, Kansas. Years later, the ladies of the town did not like the name of their fair town, and it was renamed Alton, after Alton, Illinois.
Due to Covid-19, the celebration was postponed one year.
Many clever floats, a candy gun machine, and old cars and tractors rode the parade route.{{more}}


The town’s population is 103. One of the new businesses in town is the Bohemian Cultural Center building, which was moved into Alton. Czech words are seen many places. Now named The Front Porch Event Center and Bakery, it is owned by Shelly Roach, a retired teacher, who has had hosted over 80 events since opening.


The event in it the day of the celebration was violin music by Peggy Anschutz. At 2 p.m. the Kansas filmed television movie, Home on the Range, was shown.


The movie is the story of the song, Home on the Range, from first performance to the search for the author in the 1930s. A New York City attorney, Samuel Moanfeldt, finds the old-timers in Kansas who can vouch for it being written in Smith County. The one key to that is a few ladies from Osborne County, who knew Dr. Brewster Higley, the author, and another lady who kept a scrapbook with the words as published in the Smith County Pioneer in the 1870s.


The search was the result of a lawsuit by musicians in Tempe, Arizona.




The script was co-written by Sharon Black, writer for Positive News for You.


Sharon Black is from Smith Center, Kansas. We welcome her to our team of volunteers.



Smith Center KansasSharon Black has been writing for many years including newspapers, short stories, and as a publisher. She was born in Nebraska and has lived in Kansas most of her life. In her hometown of Smith Center, Kansas, Willa Cather’s hometown is to the north and Bob Dole’s hometown is to the south. Sharon is a press release writer for the National Parks Arts Foundation and writes for b U n e k e magazine. The biggest project she has accomplished is the co-writer of the TV movie Home on the Range. The movie is about the song, which is the state song of Kansas and the lawsuit surrounding it in the 1930s and finding the rightful author of the song. Sharon is distantly related to the Mississippi writer Eudora Welty.


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