1999 Martin Family News

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Posted 11/28/99
Bob Martin is golfing again, after surgery earlier this month (see below).

Christmas plans--John and Hannah Sooter's son, Robert, will spend Christmas in Derby, KS with his grandmother, Roberta Sooter, then travel to Florida to see in the new millenium with his fiance. Stacie Martin, daughter of Dick Martin, will return home from school in Munich, Germany to spend Christmas break with her family, before return to Germany. Linda Wilson reports that she is learning to play the piano. Taking lessons from an instructor who specializes in teaching adults, Linda tries to practice 1 1/2 hours each day. Linda and Ken's daughter, Lori, is a freshman at K-State this fall, and Linda's nest is empty. Katherine Ragland reports that her family has been busy. Jeremy is out for basketball and Leah is working in the Kansas City area as she attends nurse's training at Johnson County Community College. The Ragland's are settling into their new home in Pretty Prairie, KS. Ed Martin stopped for a visit while in Topeka and reports that his family is doing well.  Josh and Phillip both attend K-State U. and are majoring in engineering. Andrea is a junior and Heather is a freshman in high school. Ed is specializing in growing seed for native grasses on his farm land.Ed Martin, banker

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Posted 11/4/99
Uncle Bob is home from the hospital after having surgery  yesterday on his right leg for varicose veins. He reports that he has been up and walking on his leg and that Aunt Donna is taking good care of him. Further treatment, but no further surgery, is expected.

Bob Martin shot a hole-in-one on Wed., Oct. 27: 120-yards, No. 5, Sports Center, Topeka. Witnesses were Ray Bachman, Bill Mosley and Ken Bossler. Congratulations Uncle Bob!

Peggy and Don Long are moving back to the Topeka area. Family can request their new address and phone number via e-mail. Don reports "Everything has now been moved from Illinois but we have a lot of unpacking to do. Every day we make a little more progress, though."



Posted 10/21/99
Darlene Morgans reports that she and Harvey are grandparents again for the eighth time. Elizabeth Kay Goodman was born Wed., Oct. 13, and weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz.

Elizabeth's parents are Julie and Todd Goodman. Her brother and sister are Christopher (almost 8) and Katherine (4).

Congratulations to the Goodman's and Morgans'!



Posted 9/3/99
The following article appeared in the Sunday Topeka Capital-Journal, 8/29/99:

Kindness Forever: Community helps family after house fire badly injures boy
Rod Hamm  offers his airplane so dad can visit son in hospital Capp Wood, 8-year-old son of Ruth and Roger Wood, or rural Meriden, is recovering from burns he received in a fire at their home on July 30. Capp and his mom were recently at the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas. Thanks to the generosity of Rod Hamm, of Perry, Capp's dad got to spend a weekend with Capp in the Galveston hospital. Rod furnished his plane and his services to transport Roger. Many thanks also go to the Shriners for all of their support, and to all the friends, relatives and neighbors who have helped in so many ways since the fire.

--Sarah Hollis, Valley Falls, friend of the Wood family


Posted 8/18/99

Capp Wood and his mom, Ruth, are home from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston. Capp's burns are healing quite well. He and his siblings are staying with Grandma Leota. School starts  in about one week and Capp plans to attend. With Capp in the photo below are Teleyke, April, and Ellie (laying behind April) and their two pet dogs.

Wood kids
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Posted 8/9/99
Someone was murdered last weekend in what used to be the home of Grandma Mabel Martin, 1031 N. Central, Topeka. How sad....


Posted 8/6/99
Last evening Capp and his mother, Ruth, were flown to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 815 Market St., Galveston, TX 77550. We are told that Capp has mostly second degree burns and he has one third degree burn on an arm.


Posted 8/1/99 p.m.
Send get well wishes to Capp at Children's Mercy Hospital, Burn Unit, Rm. 4, 2401Gillham Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. He will be there for at least 14 days.


Posted 8/1/99
I talked with Dusty Gish, Phyllis' middle son, this morning. He reports that Capp Wood is doing better now at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He has burns on his arms and some burns on his face. I will send more info when I can get it. Here is what we know--

8-year-old boy seriously burned in accidental fire Meriden--
An 8-year-old boy was seriously burned early Friday afternoon in an accidental fire at a house about four miles north of here, a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department dispatcher said Saturday. The victims name wasn't released. The dispatcher said he was taken by Life Star helicopter ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., where information about his condition couldn't be
acquired Saturday. Firefighters were called at 12:29 p.m. Friday to the blaze at the Roger Wood home, 4082 122nd, the dispatcher said. He said the blaze ignited after a spray paint can was accidentally knocked off a shelf in a utility room. The can hit the floor, burst next to a water heater and ignited, setting ablaze nearby
flammable materials, the dispatcher said. He said damage was estimated at $35,000 to the house, which sustained heavy damage from water and smoke but minimal structural damage.
>>>>>>>>>
Our thoughts are with Capp and his family


Posted 6/26/99
Letha, who stayed with Grandma Martin over a long period of time, had a heart attack early last Thursday morning.Dad and I visited Letha at St. Francis hospital this morning. She is in intensive care, but is doing better. She had the "balloon" procedure to open one very clogged artery and may have to undergo another, similar
procedure to fix another blockage. She was to receive some blood today and her doctor hoped that she could be released from IC onto a regular ward today or sometime soon. Letha seemed to be in good spirits this morning. She was in pretty good health otherwise at the time of her attack. We hope she will have a speedy recovery.

Kevin Wilson's new bride is Lida. John Sooter arrived in Wichita late Thurs. and is spending time with his family. He will also attend the Martin Family Reunion in July.

Katherine and David Ragland have recently moved to Pretty Prairie, KS with their children, Jeremy and Leah--who will start college this fall (see below).


Posted 6/1/99
Roberta Sooter reports that her son John Sooter hopes to attend this summer's Martin family reunion. Most of the family have not seen John since summer of 1972, so this will be a wonderful opportunity to get reacquainted. John, his wife, Hannah, and seven of their children live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. John and Hannah's oldest son Robert continues special Air Force training on the East coast.

Congratulations to this spring's Martin family high school graduates:

Kevin Wilson, oldest son of Linda and Ken Wilson, was married in a backyard ceremony at their home on Friday, May 21st. Congratulations to Kevin and his bride.

Mary Martin exercises by walking regularly as she recuperates hip replacement surgery.


Posted 4/19/99
The Reunion Committee met last week at the home of Linda Wilson to discuss plans for the '99 Martin reunion on Sunday, July 4th, at the Ozawkie Community Center. Family will meet for a catered lunch (prices: $6.50/ages 11-adult, $3.00/ages 3-10, free for children under 3). This year we will also have another Talent Show and are looking for volunteers. Phyllis brought a beautiful crazy quilt that had been pieced long ago by an aunt of Mabel Stone Martin.

The Reunion Committee consists of Linda Wilson, Darlene Morgans, Phyllis Gish, Joan Martin and Carol Yoho. Feel free to contact any committee member with your questions, ideas or concerns about our upcoming reunion. Mary Martin reports doing very well in healing from her second hip surgery. Last week she was honored in an Eastern Star ceremony for 50 years of membership.

Roberta Sooter was recently in the hospital with extreme conjestion. She was diagnosed as being deficient in protein and was put on antibiotics. She has been home for over a week and reports that she is feeling much better. She is likely to return soon to her water aerobics classes.



Posted 3/8/99
Mary Martin has had surgery on her other (right) hip and is recoverying. If you are thinking of her, you might let her know it.

Posted 2/1/99
Mary Martin had surgery to replace her left hip in late Jan. She is recovering and may get her right hip replaced in as little as three weeks, if she continues to progress nicely.

Roberta Sooter has been back to see her doctor and reports that there are no remaining signs of cancer in her hand. Further treatments will not be needed. Good news! Beverly's husband, Richard Phillippe, is recovering from a serious automobile accident. Letha Krumrey is under a doctor's care and the Martin family continues to be concerned about her health.

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