100 Years Ago (1919)

Louisburg stores will be closed all day Friday, July 4th, and everyone will motor to Paola to the celebration and “Homecoming” for Miami County’s soldiers. The post office will be open from 12 to 1:00 p. m. at which time post office patrons may call for and receive mail. Rural carriers will be on hand to give R. F. D. patrons their mail.

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The last seen of Rev. Geo. W. Braden of Paola was Thursday morning, seated in the helmsman’s seat of a tractor, the guiding power of this machine, bound west for a harvest field. This leaves the Protestant churches of Paola practically without pastors, but Rev. Braden can be depended upon to return for the usual services Sunday.

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We are in the midst of a big harvest. For several days the weather has been hot and a hindrance is not having enough teams to pull the binders, and the horses become overheated. Some are pulling their binders with tractors. Monday noon J. V. Quigley, the county farm agent, sent a request for 125 more men, in addition to the 300 that already came from Kansas City. Those who came from the U.S. agency in Kansas City all bring cards of introduction. The cards give the general agreed price of 50 cents per hour to be paid.

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Wednesday the thermometer in the shade hovered around the 100 mark, which, with the humidity it was a hard day for both man and beast in the harvest fields. One of the imported harvest hands died from the effects of the heat, and several others who had not been used to hard work were taken ill.

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Wheat waits for no man, so the farmers have concluded, where horseflesh is short they are buying power tractors, which they don’t have to give a breathing spell or mind the flies. C. W. Trickett of Middle Creek drove home a tractor pulling a separator. He intends to hitch on two binders to cut wheat and later hitch it on to the separator to do his threshing out of the shock.

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The park square crowd is a little thinned out this week, on account of harvest. Don’t make the mistake of believing that very many of them have gone to the harvest field. Some are hiding out to keep farmers from catching them, others have sought cooler quarters, while several actually have gone to the harvest fields.

75 Years Ago (1944)

In January 1941 when the Louisburg Herald subscription price was advanced it was thought the increase should cover increased expense of publishing the newspaper. However, in three years of war-time prices present day expenses make it compulsory for the management to close for the duration, or increase subscriptions to $2.00 per year; also increase advertising rates slightly from 35 to 40c per inch per column.

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Fontana post office will advance from fourth to third class July 1 according to word received by Postmaster J. O. Allman. Increased receipts of the office brought about the new classification. Paola and Osawatomie are second class post offices, Louisburg is third class, Hillsdale, Bucyrus, Chiles and Beagle being fourth class.

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Thieves broke into the Peuser garage Wednesday night and took 13 tires and tubes. No trace of the thieves who entered through a window. Thursday the Conoco service station discovered that $45 worth of spark plugs was missing. Frosty Fort, the owner, is uncertain when they were taken.

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Freight trains that haul war materials or goods for essential industries have the right of way over passenger trains, although troop trains always have first call.

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You’ve seen the expression on the face of a small boy who has just broken something. It is just the same kind of expression that most drivers have when they dent fenders of another’s car when backing away from curbs. The careless drivers usually look to see if they have been observed, hastily shift gears and then roar away.

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Removal of the Miami Republican printing plant to the Nicholson building on the east side of the square starts today. It is hoped that the machinery will be in the new quarters by Saturday night. After Monday The Republican will be functioning in the new quarters although it will take all of next week to complete the move.

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First Lieutenant Loren E. Long, P-51 Mustang fighter pilot, has been awarded the Air Medal with the first and second Oak Leaf Cluster. Lieutenant Long, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lannes L. Long of La Cygne, has flown on 22 missions over enemy territory. Prior to enlisting in the Army Long was employed as a diesel engineer by the Paola Crystal ice company.

50 Years Ago (1969)

In a ceremony held at a luncheon meeting Thursday, June 19, the keys to Lakemary Center, were presented to Sister M. Charles, president of Lakemary Center, Inc. by Mayor Rex J. Kiser. This signified tht the property now is owned by Lakemary Center. Plans call for the dedication of the Center of mid-October.

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Design approval for 7.4 miles of new US169 highway north from K68 have been given to been given to the Kansas State Highway Commission. Approval has been granted for two 12-foot lanes with high-type surfacing and stabilized shoulders. Right-of-way will be acquired for a 4-lane access controlled highway with 2 lanes to be constructed at the present time.

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Oliver D. Rinehart, Republican central committee chairman, has announced the appointment of Dike Dickerson, as committeeman for West Valley Township to replace Wade Morris; George A. Whitaker, Paola, for the third ward, Paola city, to replace A. C. Mortenson, and Mrs. Gladys Cadwell, Osawatomie, as committeewoman for the second ward, Osawatomie city, to replace Mrs. Rachel McQueary, who moved to another ward.

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Among sportsmen catching bass last week were Gary Burgoon, Gene Whitney, Dale Koontz, Bob Pennock, and Bill Dodds who landed their limits from farm ponds. The best lure was the H&H spinner.

25 Years Ago (1994)

Mark Fuchs turned the gavel over to Rick Elliott as the presidency of the Paola Chamber of Commerce changed Monday evening during the annual membership meeting. State Rep. Jene Vickrey was the guest speaker.

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Miami County Livestock Auction sale barn is scheduled to open later this month south of Paola. Robert and Gail Foote of Bucyrus, Burkdoll Brothers Inc. of Rantoul and Larry Cantrell of Archie, Mo., bought the sale barn in March, minutes before it was scheduled to be sold at a sheriff’s sale in Paola. The new owners of the sale barn are well-known in the farming and ranching community. Robert Foote is a livestock order-buyer and feeder. The Burkdoll Brothers are known for their cattle feeding operation, and Cantrell had been a sale barn auctioneer for 30 years.

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The ritual team from the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 921 of Osawatomie will be representing Kansas in competition against 49 other states at the national Elks convention in Chicago in July. The local team earned that berth when it was named the No. 1 ritual team in Kansas during competition at the Kansas Elks Association Convention early this month. Team member are: Leading knight, John Slayman; exalted ruler, Fred Hatfield; loyal knight, Harold Thompson; lecturing knight, Charles Light; inner guard, Lewis Sanders; coach, Brian Masoner; candidate, Donald McReynolds; chaplain, Mark Schull; and esquire, Brian Vail.

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