For the first 10 years of my life we lived in a four room house, two and a half miles west of Blue Mound, Kan. The house had no running water or electricity.
Then we moved across the road to the house where my grandmother had been living. The original house was plain and simple, but it worked. After we moved, my dad sold that house for $800, and the man who bought it moved it to Gas City, Kan.
Gas City is near Iola and we often had an occasion to travel there. About four miles north of Iola was a modest home that had a historical sign out front declaring that this was the boyhood home of Gen. Floyd Funston.
For years we would drive through Gas City and take a look at our former home and jokingly say, "Well, maybe some day they'll have a sign there saying Former home of the Hedges brothers." Then we would laugh knowing that wasn't going to happen. One day when we were driving by we discovered the owner had decided that our boyhood home had outlived its usefulness and had torn it to the ground. Fortunately we had stopped a couple of times and taken pictures before all this happened.
The old house held a lot of memories and closeness, as our parents couldn't say, "Go to your room" because we didn't have one.
We're happy that Gen. Funston's home is being recognized. Our home was just a happy place, a roof over our heads plus some great memories of growing up on the farm.