Carlyle’s art featured at Old Jefferson Town

by Clarke Davis

Thomas Carlyle, who will be 82 Sept. 19, has always been able to draw and paint.

“It’s like breathing to me,” he said. “As a child I thought everyone could do it.”

His art has appeared in many mediums from oil and acrylic to watercolors. He’s always loved photography and has done sculpting as well.

Now he’s published a book, thanks to his son, Michael, Topeka.

“I can wake up in the night with a poem in my head,” he said. “I have to get up and write it down.”

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

All of this nighttime writing was transferred to his computer and that’s where his son found it. He was amazed at how much existed in both prose and poetry and told his father they needed to get it in book form.

Carlyle and his wife, Kathryn, will both display their art work at Old Jefferson Town from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, and their son will display his artistic photography.

Thomas will also be autographing his book, “Gifts of Love,” which he has self-published.

Completed in March, the book features 150 poems, several short stories, 25 photos, and at least 100 original illustrations.

Carlyle has ties to Oskaloosa. His blind grandfather, A.C. Wilson, was an attorney in the county seat and served for a time as county attorney. He guessed it may have been in the early 1940s since he was a child at the time.

The artist as a child suffered from osteomyelitis, a bone disease that left him crippled for many years. But he beat it and worked many years in the field of nursing at the veteran’s hospital and Stormont-Vail in Topeka.

Also at Old Town Saturday will be a display of northeast Kansas railroad memorabilia and time tables.

Kent Hannah will show a PowerPoint presentation at 2 p.m. on the development and abandonment of the railroad system. He will discuss the KC Northwestern, Leavenworth and Topeka, and the Kansas Central railway systems and reflect on the purchasing of homestead land and the selling of the land.

Hannah is a graduate of Kansas University and worked for the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads for 39 years as a dispatcher. His mother was Esther Luse Hannah, descendent of Jefferson County and the McLouth area.

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