Norman O. Walrafen’s Walnor Crafts Wood Crafts
2008.0002

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Walrafen, Norman O., 1921-2004.
Title
Norman O. Walrafen’s Walnor Crafts Wood Crafts
ID
2008.0002
Date
Circa 1941-1974
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Three small wooden carvings featuring the initials for Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and images of the college’s stylized hornet mascot Corky, with the name Walnor Crafts on the reverse side.

Preferred Citation note

Norman O. Walrafen’s Walnor Crafts Wood Crafts, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Norman Orlo Walrafen was born on May 9, 1921, in Stafford, Kansas, to Loren Wesley Walrafen and Millie Odessa Hering Walrafen. He grew up in Emporia, Kansas, and his family lived next to the campus of Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. As a young man Norman created wood crafts with images relating to Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. In 1939 he graduated from Emporia High School. Norman married Mary Irene Ray on October 28, 1939, and their children were Verne Walrafen and Juanita Kay Walrafen Shipley. Norman Walrafen attended Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in the 1939/1940 academic year. On November 12, 1940, he received a patent from the United States Patent Office for a hinge for book covers that he designed. He was inducted into the Army on August 23, 1944, and served during the occupation of the Philippine Islands. Walrafen returned to Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in the second semester of the 1946/1947 academic year, but later withdrew from the college. In his civilian career Norman Walrafen worked as a general contractor building new homes and grain elevators. He lived in Emporia most of his life and moved to Meriden, Kansas, in 1989. Norman O. Walrafen died in Meriden on October 6, 2004, and was buried in Meriden Cemetery.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of three wooden carvings featuring images relating to Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia and the college’s stylized hornet mascot, Corky. Each carving is also inscribed on the back with “Walnor Crafts, Emporia, Kansas.” The name Walnor may possibly be derived from the names Walrafen and Norman. Each carving is approximately 0.25 inches thick. One carving is oval shaped, approximately 2.75 inches by 2 inches, and features Corky playing a trumpet and a banner above his head with the letters “KSTC.” Another carving is oval shaped, approximately 2 inches by 1.25 inches, featuring Corky playing drums with the letters “KSTC” on the side of a drum. The third carving has a triangular pennant shape, approximately 2.25 inches on the longer sides by 1 inch on the shorter side, featuring Corky with a racquet in his hand and the letters “KSTC.”

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Arrangement note

Arranged by size from largest to smallest.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives March 2009

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The 1940 Sunflower yearbook includes a photograph of Norman O. Walrafen. Entries for Norman O. Walrafen appear in the various issues of the  Emporia City Directory from 1938/1939 to 1987. An obituary for Norman O. Walrafen is available through William Allen White Library from the  Emporia Gazette on October 8, 2004. Articles on the history of the hornet mascot Corky appear in the Summer 2004 issue of the  Spotlight and in the  Bulletin issue of January 24, 2008. Other materials on the history of Corky are in Np:1g.1.

Separated Materials note

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia -- Mascots.

Subject(s)

  • Carvings (visual works)
  • Mascots -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • School mascots -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Wood sculpture -- Kansas -- Emporia.

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Collection Inventory

Box

Corky playing a trumpet and a banner above his head with the letters “KSTC”,  undated. 

1

Corky playing drums with the letters “KSTC” on the side of a drum, undated. 

1

Triangular pennant shape, featuring Corky with a racquet in his hand and the letters “KSTC”, undated. 

1