A new hall of fame in Russell County has inducted its first 20 honorees, and among them is former Sen. Bob Dole.
The Blue Hills Heritage Foundation, based in Lucas, established the Russell County Kansas Hall of Fame this year to celebrate the best from Russell County’s past and present, the organization said in a release.
Dole was honored for his impact in politics. He was born in Russell and at one point early in his career served eight years as Russell County Attorney. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the Senate from 1969 to 1996.
Each year inductees will be chosen in three categories, individuals, businesses and organizations or events. A special ten individuals, five businesses, and five organizations or events were selected for induction, spanning a significant portion of Russell County's history.
Blue Hills Heritage Foundation was set up as a nonprofit in September, with a mission of preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of the Lucas community and Russell County.
Other individuals honored were Philip F. Anschutz, Russell (Business); Mary Ann “Mother” Bickerdyke, Bunker Hill (Nursing); Samuel P. Dinsmoor, Lucas (Arts – Sculpture); Randall A. Duell, Luray (Arts – Movie Art Direction & Architect); Marj Dusay, Russell (Arts – Actress); Leslie W. Halbe, Dorrance (Arts – Photography); Asa Kinney, Russell (Politics); Elmo & Kenneth Mahoney, Dorrance (Business); and Arlen Specter, Russell (Politics).
Businesses honored were Brant’s Market (Lucas); Lucky Seven Oil Co. (Fairport); Myers Furniture (Russell); Post Insurance, Inc. (Paradise); and Radke Implement Inc. (Milberger).
Organization or events honored were Amherst United Methodist Church (Waldo Township); K-18 Baseball Association (Lucas); Luray Fish Fry (Luray); Smoky Hills Public Television Corporation (Bunker Hill); and Waldo Lions Club (Waldo).