With all Votes in Amelia Earhart, “Bud” Cray, Ralph Nolan and the Kanza Indians lead the way.
The decision on the Wonders of Atchison County People are in and the Top 10 spans the entire Earharthistory of Kansas, from the first people to call this spot home to one of the community’s leading citizens of today.
With over 700 votes tallied by the Atchison County Historical Society the 10 Wonders of Atchison County People are (in alphabetical order): Benedictine Sisters, William “Deafy” Boular, Elijah Cluke, Bud CrayCloud L. “Bud” Cray, Amelia Earhart, the Kanza Indians, the Kerford Family, Ralph Nolan, the Atchison Rivermen and Jesse Stone.
“The voters chose a top 10 that is truly a cross section of what Atchison County is all about,” said Chris Taylor, executive director of the Atchison County Historical Society. “Amelia Earhart was the one sure thing in the voting, but the competition for the other spots was really close. In the final totals there Ralph Nolanover 700 ballots cast and there were six People entries that were within 10 votes of making the top 10 and any of them would have been great choices as well.”
The Top 10 Wonders of Atchison County People represent people that built the community, overcame hardships, were champions in business, sports and life and those who left in indelible mark on our community.
The Benedictine Sisters were noted as have begun the first educational institutions in Atchison County and are still hard at work making our community better every day.
BoularWilliam “Deafy” Boular is famed for laying 46,000 paving bricks in 8 hours, but is likely the county’s most notable for overcoming all life could throw at him and keep on going. Deaf, mute and having lost his legs in a railroad accident as a child he grew to become one of the hardest working people ever seen.
Elijah Cluke is known for the gospel song he penned to express his deep faith that even as he experienced discrimination he could keep going and make a difference.
Cloud L. “Bud” Cray continued the work of his father building MGP Ingredients into one of the industry cornerstones of the county, but is known just as well for his tireless support of the community and his quiet philanthrophy.
Amelia Earhart became world famous built on the dreams of the child who grew up playing on the bluffs of the Missouri River. While she traveled the world she was a regular visitor to her hometown keeping in close contact with her friends and family here right up through early 1937 when she paid her last visit just months before she disappeared over the Pacific on her world flight.