Wichita Eagle – June 20, 1938
“I’ll throw any of ‘em you can’t handle, Everett.”
That’s what Kyus Kirkpatrick, who is celebrating his 90th birthday, Sunday told his grand-nephew, Everett Marshall, La Junta, Colo., former world’s heavyweight champion, and he meant it.
The Civil War veteran’s eyes lfashed as he spoke, for he is a rabid wrestling fan and never misses a match when Marshall headlines the bill.
“You bet I’ll be there Monday night,” said Kirkpatrick when asked if he would be at the ringside this evening when Marshall clashes with Lee Wyckoff, Kansas heavyweight champion.
Kirklpatrick, whose appearance belies his years, and Marshall were honored guests at a picnic given for them by relatives Sunday afternoon at Park Villa. The younger man, however, took top honors when it came to eating chicken, although Kirkpatrick asked for several helpings.
Marshall was joined here by his wife, his two children, Robert, 4, and Ann, 2, and his mother, Mrs. H.C. Marshall, all of La Juna.
“Father couldn’t get away, as this is the busy season on the ranch, which comprises 1,100 acres of irrigated land,” Marshall said. “We have enough work to do at the present time to keep 30 hired hands busy,” he added.
Marshall made no predictions on the outcome of the match this evening, but the 75 relatives present answered for him with “Of course, Everett will win.”
Kirkpatrick, whose faith in Marshall is unmatched by anyone, looks for him to win without any trouble.
The Civil War veteran, a native of Missouri, was a member of Company H, of the Eighth Missouri volunteer infantry and served in the last year of the war between the states.
In company with his daughter, Mrs. Nola Kastern, with whom he makes his home, Kirkpatrick will leave later in the month for Gettysburg, Pa., where he will be the guest of the United States government at a reunion of Union and Confederate veterans.
“I already have got my invitation,” he said. “All I am waiting for now is railroad transportation.”
He and his daughter will arrive at Gettysburg June 29 and will spend eight days visiting the battlefields, which marked the high tide of the Confederacy in the war of secession.
After the Civil War, Kirkpatrick remained in Missouri until 1880 when he went to La Junta, where he rode the cattle range and operated a ranch. Later, he moved to California and then came here several years ago to make his home with his only daughter.
Out-of-town guests at the picnic included Mr. And Mrs. William Bigelow, and daughter, of Moberly, Mo., and Mr. And Mrs. C. C. Buchanan, their daughter, Nina, and Miss Verna Boyer, all of Hutchinson.