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Page 4 TheLeader The Week of May 4, 2015 S S By Ron Wilson The car was damaged in Texas. The repair is being done in a body shop in Kansas. That is one ex- ample of the work of an entrepre- neurial auto body specialist who chooses to live in rural Kansas. John Gean is founder and owner of Protown Glass and Body, Inc. in Protection, Kansas. John is origi- nally from Wichita where he took vo-tech auto body classes. Even while in high school, he was work- ing on cars for his friends. John' s uncle owned a rahch near Protection in Comanche County west of Wichita, and John started spending summers there. He found he enjoyed the country life, so he stayed. After graduation, he cleaned out a small workshop and started doing auto body work. His first business was called John's Auto and Body. "I was like a sponge," John said. "I took all the classes I could and asked different body shops how they were doing things." 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Find us on Facebook Brad Elting & Co. Auctioneer & Certified Appraiser 145 N 4th, Hebron, NE.768-7270I or 768-4122. eltingauction corn I equipment and went into auto sal- the Kansas Small Business Dewel- vage in a neighboring community opment Center. for a time. Today; John's business has jobs In 2000, he moved back to Pro- booked several months ahead. In tection and founded Protown Glass addition to the local market, he has and Body. protown sounds like it' s cars coming to him from as far professional, but John said that away as Colorado and Texas. Protown was simply the nickname How has this Wichita boy ad- for Protection as used by the local justed to living in rural Kansas? "'I kids. wouldn't want to go back," John Protown Glass and Body is a said. "I don't have the hustle and full-line autobody shop which of- bustle here. It's friendly and quiet. fers high quality workmanship, spe- There are good schools. You know cializing in collision repair, glass your neighbors and they really are repair, and auto towing. Through neighbors, people who will help the Comanche County Economic you." Development office, John was put John and his wife Patricia raised in touch with the Small Business twins here in Protection. "'It's a Development Center regional of- beautiful part of the country," he fice in Garden City. Pat Veesart, said. "I appreciate the freedoms of since retired, was the regional di- living here." rector. Protection is located approxi- mately 60 miles from Dodge City, "She was so much help," John 60 miles from Pratt, and 60 miles said. "She helped me understand from Woodward, Oklahoma.''That the numbers and really got me makes us dependent on each other,'" thinking." John said. "It makes the town John continues to learn. In 201 l, closer." Protection is a community he began a program with Manage- of 555 people. Now, thars rural. ment Success from Glendale, Cali- fornia. "It's one of the most valu- Technology has aided efficiency able things I' ve everdone,"he said. and helped bridge the distance of "They really taught me to read a rural Kansas. "Most of my jobs are customer and make sure I under- done with the Intemet in some stand what the customer is after." way," John said. "l enter intorma- Perhaps the best guidance came tion into my software system and it from hisfather. "The best advice I will create estimates, do invoices ever got from my dad was to treat and go directly to Quickbooks.'" the customer's car;as if it was your His advice to other rural busi- own," John said. The emphasis on nesses? "Find something you love caring for the customer's car has doing. I love Monday momings. I paid off over time. In 2006, Protofvn enjoy coming to work. It's reward- Glass and Body won the Existing ing to give someone back a car that Business of the Year award from is even better than it was before," rancls Thanks for reading to'me, maki breakfast for me, coming to my games and taking me to visit my and dad. Thanks for caring. ng ball mom Thanks for being my foster parent. Saint Francis Community Services 5n'ing C hildr~ and Families Since J 945 866-999-1599 he said. "'Don't give up, keep it tbrmaking a difference with entre- honest, and learn all you can. Forty- preneurship, lifelong learning, and some years later, I'm still learn- a commitment to rural Kansas. ing.'" Sounds like a pro. The car was damaged in Texas. Ron Wilson is director of the The repair is being done in a body Huck Bovd National Institute for shop in Kansas. We commend John Rural Development at Kansas State Gean of Protown Glass and Body UniversiO,. Brownville's reactions to Lincoln Assassination recalled by historian By James Potter, Neb. State Historical Society April ! 4 was the 150th anniver- sary of Abraham Lincoln's assas- sination at Ford" s Theater in Wash- ington, D.C., by the actor John Wilkes Booth. Despite Nebraska Territory's distance from the nation's capital, the telegraph brought the shocking news to its residents the very next day (the day of Lincoln's death). The April 20 edition of the Nebraska Advertiser revealed how the people of Brownville responded: "The starthng report of the as- sassination of President Lincoln, which reached this city last Satur- day [April 15, 1865] aboutnoon, caused terrible excitement. Few Would believe until they saw the dispatch signed by Secretary [of War] Stantom Soon there came another stating that the President had died that morning. On receipt of this dispatch a~ gloom settled over everything. The "hum' of busi- ness ceased, all the stores were closed, and instead of gathering in crowds in the streets to discuss this horrible tragedy, all seemed desir- ous of privacy, all seemed to feel the loss as one of their own. The church-bells were tolled, and the community seemed hushed as in a stupor. "'The City Council met in the evening, made an appropriation tbr firing half-hour guns throughout Monday. and requested the l ayor to issue the following proclama- tion: Official information having been received of the Murder of Abraham Lincoln. President of the United States, it is fitting that the citizens of Brownville in common with the people everywhere in our bereaved country, should unite in expressing their sorrow for this woeful and irreparable misfortune. I therefore recommend and request our citizens of all Classes to abstain from all business on Monday. the 17th day of April 1865. and to assemble themselves at the Pres- byterian Church and join in exer- cises suitable to the occasion; In testimony whereof, witness my hand and the seal of the City of Brownville, this fifteenth day of April A. D. 1865, Charles E. Dorsey, Mayor. "'In accordance with the above, all business was suspended and re- ligious services were held at the Presbyterian Church by Rev. Messrs. Baird and Hart. All the houses were dressed in mourning and a few patriotic women worked nearly all Saturday night on a flag. which was suspended across Main Street. dressed in mourning, be- sides numerous similar ones from the bank and other buildings. The cannon was fired every half hour through the day, and several long processions came in from the coun- try. "'At 2 o'clock, the hour tbr ser- vices, the Presbyterian Church was densely crowded, many could not even get room to stand. The Pad- dock flag (a U.S. flag purchased for a local "'home guard" company in 1862 with a donation from Ter- ritorial Secretary Algernon S. Pad- dock.I was suspended back of the pulpit. The services were appropri- ate and conducted with a fervor and devotion creditable to the loyal hearts engaged in it. The lbllowing hymn-composed for the occasion by Mrs. M. E. Hart-was sung by the choir. What solemn sounds our ears invade! What wraps the land ill sorrow's shade Through Earth the awful Mandate flies. The Father of his Country dies. Let every heart be filled with woe. Let every eye. with tears o'erflow. While we his cruel fate deplore: Our Friend. Our Lin- coln. is no more. O! God in Heaven! Hear our prayer. Our Country take beneath thy care: While dangers press, and foes draw near. May future Lincolns still appear. "'After the services all returned to their homes- doubtless strength- ened in their hate toward rebels and sympathizers-their desire to do all in their power to assist the new President in crushing out the rebel- lion, strengthened and renewed [in] hope that the Almighty ruler who upheld and strengthened the Re- public under Abraham Lincoln would bless our new President with wisdom to carry us safely through." A Mexican War-eracannon was secured for the protection of Brownville during the Civil War. It was fired every half hour during the official mourning period fol- lowing President Lincoln's death. 150 years ago this April. It contin- ued to be used for ceremonial pur- poses for many years and remains in the possession of the Brownville Historical Society. LEADER Ads Make Good SenSe Behind In Your Bookkeeping? Let us do it for you Now scheduling Municipat Budget$ MARLAN V. WATSON Certified Public Accountant 430 N. Central E-mail: mvwcpa@windstream.net Superior, Neb. 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