A small, quiet, community with a population of 2,200, historic Holcomb is the place to call home. Once a flag station for the Santa Fe Railroad, this small town was founded upon and continues to value family life and quality education. Historic Holcomb features two city parks, a community walking path and is the spot for delicious Mexican food prepared in the “family” operated restaurant, El Rancho Café. Holcomb Recreation offers the community a variety of recreational and leisure activities and is host to the following family events; Christmas Festival, Summer Fest, and Fall Family Roundup. The Holcomb Police Department and Fire Department supports school students by providing Fire Safety and Safe Trick or Treating learning activities and promotes the values of creating safer neighborhoods through annual National Night Out events. Schools have been the cornerstone of the Holcomb community dating back to 1884. Today, schools remain an integral part of the community providing educational and extracurricular opportunities for Holcomb’s youth. If small town living is what you’re looking for, make Holcomb your final destination.
The Sunflower Electric Holcomb Station is a 325-megawatt coal-fired generating plant, which burns low-sulfur coal mined in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin. The plant uses more than one million tons of coal each year. The method of creating electricity is a complicated but fascinating one. To learn more about the process, tours are available on a limited basis with advance notice. For information, call 620-277-2590.
Herbert Clutter, son of James and May Clutter, was born May 24, 1911 in Grey County, Kansas. He grew up on a farm near Larned and graduated from Kansas State College with a Bachelor of Agriculture degree in 1933. He worked as an assistant County Agent in Montgomery County following graduation. He moved to Garden city after his marriage to Bonnie Fox in 1934. He was employed as the Finney County Agriculture Extension Agent for 5 years until he became engaged in farming in 1939. The family lived 2 miles west of Holcomb where Herb raised sheep and cattle as well as feed grains and wheat. They moved to a farm on the south side of the Santa Fe Railroad just west of Holcomb in 1948 where he continued the farming operation, which included raising grass seed crops. He also managed a dry land farm 23 miles NE of Garden City. Bonnie Mae Fox, daughter of Arthur B. and Mae Fox was born January 7, 1914 in Rozel, Kansas. She grew up on a farm there and attended the St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend. She was married to Herb on December 2, 1934 and moved to Garden City. She raised four children and was involved in many community and church activities. The children were all born in Garden City. They were Eveanna Marie Clutter Mosier, born June 26, 1936, Beverly Jean Clutter English, born October 11, 1939, Nancy Mae Clutter, born January 2, 1943 and Kenyon Neal Clutter, born August 28, 1944. Herb and Bonnie were community and project leaders for Sherlock Strivers 4-H Club for many years. The family belonged to the First Methodist Church in Garden City where Herb taught an adult Sunday school class many years and Bonnie taught in the children’s division. The children were active in the youth department and the adult choir. Herb served as chairman of the building committee. Eveanna, Beverly, Nancy, and Kenyon all attended Holcomb Consolidated Schools. They rode the school bus to and from school. Most of the school activities occurred during school hours, which made it possible for the young people to participate in many different activities. The family’s leisure activities included entertaining friends, enjoying picnics in the summer and participating in school and church events. They used the Garden City Public Library a great deal and enjoyed the community music events and band concerts at the park in Garden City. Herbert, Bonnie, Nancy, and Kenyon were killed November 15, 1959 by intruders who entered their home with the intent of robbery. The family was buried in the Valley View Cemetery in Garden City, Kansas.
FINNEY COUNTY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
1513 EAST FULTON TERRACE
GARDEN CITY, KS 67846
City of Holcomb: http://www.cityofholcomb.org/directory.aspx
Holcomb Rec Commission: http://www.holcombrecreation.com/
Holcomb School District (USD 363): http://www.usd363.com/