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From Howard Buffum's Around & About column in the Winfield Daily Courier: The Rev. Shawn Sturm, pastor of First Christian Church, shared some fine memories offered by friends of Frankie Cullison at her memorial service. Each one of us there could have shared others, I?m sure. For instance, I once asked Frankie where she got that name. "My father wanted a boy, and that?s as close as he got," Frankie commented. Another: Frankie never said "goodbye" or "so long" or whatever at the end of a telephone conversation. She simply hung up!
from Cowley County Heritage
George Cullison was born in Harper County, Kansas and his parents were Bruce and Carrie Cullison. He died in 1971. He grew up in Harper County, graduating from Anthony High School. The depression made college impossible, so further education was correspondence and night school. Immediately following graduation, he began working for the Badger Lumber Company as bookkeeper, and "lumber" became his lifelong interest. I, Frankie Snow, was born in Springfield, Illinois, to James Fraklin and Annie Bulpitt Snow. Following my mother's death, father brought my brother, Herbert, and me to Anthony, Kansas, where we lived with my aunt Carrie L. Snow and grandmother, Sarah Sherman. Father pursued his carpenter trade there until we moved back to the family farm on which a new house had been built just prior to mother's death. I attended grade school in Illinois in Bullpitt and Kincaid, rode the local coal train to Pawnee High School until Kincaid High School was built. Upon father's death we again came to Kansas to live with Aunt Carrie, where I finished High School and bet George Cullison - again. In the business world, I was a secretary/bookkeeper beginning with Williams Oil Company. Following our marriage, we lived in apartments and small houses until our income was down to $6.00 per week from the $75.00 plus in 1930. So we moved back with Aunt Carrie, for with privilege we paid for all groceries.
George transferred to Badger Lumber Company, Arkansas City, 1934, and we enjoyed the experiences of new activities, new friends and being active in Central Christian Church. In late 1937, George became bookkeeper for Jarvis-Thompson Lumber Company, Winfield. After purchasing the yard in the '60's we owned it until 1976 when I sold the business to William E. Long, who sold it to son, Rodney. I have continuing interest in that property and business. George was charter member of the Winfield Kiwanis Club, active in community and church. His main leisure time was spent on golf course with some fishing. Upon returning from three years service in World War II in England and Africa, he was interviewed for suggestions for Winfield's growth and improvement. Two of these ideas were completed, the County Club and Estates, and the city lake. The Club House dedicated in May before his death.
I have been active in Girl Scouting, having organized the first Brownie Troop in Winfield, due to previous Girl Scout experience in Ark City. Other activities have been in Christian Education, locally and statewide; a member of Rossetti Circle for almost 50 years, and other community functions. In 1985 I received my 50-year Girl Scout pin and award, having held numerous positions in Four Winds Girl Scout Council. Being a member of the Cowley County Historical Society, I have been actively interested in the Museum. My employment locally has been as secretary to First Christian Church, Franks Insurance, Gott Mfg. C. and Higginbottom Insurance.
Frankie S. Cullison
Obituary, Wed., January 6, 2001, Winfield Daily Courier
Letter from Shirley Andrews