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(Updated with Chambers interview) Body is found at the Ninnescah River this afternoon

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Sumner Newscow report — A body has been found in the Ninnescah River just at the intersection of E. 130th Ave. and North West Road about 12 miles north of Wellington and west of Mulvane and Belle Plaine.

Sumner County Sheriff Darren Chambers said a couple of people either fishing or floating down down the Ninnescah River discovered the body around 1:30 p.m. today. He said the body has been sent to the Forensic Center in Wichita who is working in conjunction with the Sumner County Coroner’s office.

Chambers did not identify the victim nor the sex of the body. He also would not speculate what was the cause of death was. A box, which might have been a gun safe box, was identified at the scene. Chambers said it is too early to speculate what role that box might have played with the body.

Sunday feature: In 1949, Dr. Charles Roquemore stopped in Wellington needing money and gas, he left 30 years later

Dr. Roquemore with his daughter Fran.

by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — In these days of racial unrest, it is essential to remember that our road to recovery was originally paved by people, who defied the odds to make the world a better place.

So was the case of Charles “Doc” Roquemore, an African American man, who wandered into Wellington in the late 1940s, and spent more than 30 years serving the animal needs of its citizens.

It was 1949. American was still recovering from fighting a World War. And the country was on its way to an economic boom time. Yes, it had Communists to fight and dealing with the post-war issues of the day.

But the nation was only beginning to address its biggest blight on its history: racism.

Roquemore was living with this. He grew up in Prairie View, Texas near Houston, graduating from high school. He was a gifted student who would go on to get a bachelor’s degree at Prairie View A&M. He had decided he wanted to be a veterinarian. But despite his credentials, the most prestigious vet colleges in the nation wouldn’t take him: Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State, to name a few.

So Roquemore went to a black vet school at Tuskegee University in Alabama that was founded by Booker T. Washington. Unbeknownst to him at the time. His next home would be Wellington, Kansas.

A stop in Wellington

The sights and sounds of Saturday’s peaceful protest…

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