A&F Newsletter

Spring 2009



Ken Franklin died July 24, 2008 in Ventura, CA. He was 91. He graduated from Arkansas City Junior College in 1936 and went on to earn a double masters degree. He taught at a high school in Kansas in the 1940’s before moving to Ventura, CA in 1948. He opened the Franklin School of Music in the early 1950’s and had a western band in the 1950’s. He was the member of many organizations and was an active contributor to many philanthropic organizations throughout Ventura County. He served as a real estate broker since 1959.

He loved the Pacific Ocean and had several boats for recreation and fishing.

Swain William (Bill) House, died March 8 at his Arkansas City home. He was 93. A celebration of his life was held March 13 at the Brown Center at Cowley County Community College. Bill was born January 23, l916 at the home place north of Cedar Vale to Swain Ward and Matilda Fields House. He was a resident of Cedar Vale until 1992 when he moved to Arkansas City.

His education included high school graduation in 1933 from Cedar Vale High School. After graduating from Arkansas City Junior College he finished his bachelor’s degree in 1937 and his law degree in 1939 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Mr. House married Catharine Holroyd in 1938 in Cedar Vale. They lived in Cedar Vale where he ranched and practiced law. She preceded him in death in 1990.

After practicing law briefly his father-in-law became ill and Mr. House decided to take over the ranch after his death. He changed from a steers to a cow-calf operation expanding and building what is known as House Hereford Ranch. Mr. House was an active participant on behalf of the beef industry. A few of his past ventures include; President of the American Hereford Association in 1963-1964, President of the Kansas Livestock Association 1964-1965, and a two term President of the American Nation Cattlemen’s Association in 1968 and 1969. He was the first Kansan to head that organization.

In 1992 he married Carol Ard Smith in Cedar Vale at the Wee Kirk Church. That same year, Mr. House was also honored as the “Kansas Stockman of the Year” and recently received the 2008 Chautauqua County Pioneer Award.

Spring 2009