100 Years Ago (1919)

Some twelve automobiles loaded with the Paola band and boosters for the county celebration and home coming for Miami county soldiers, on July 4th, swooped down upon the village of Louisburg last night and greatly surprised the natives. The gang of autos arrived amid a loud honking of horns and the band had rendered its first selection ‘ere the people realized why the extras. Several pieces were played when Mayor George G. Tronjo invited the visitors to the cafes for refreshments, then all went to the cabin yards for more music and where an invitation to the people of the community was extended to “come to Paola” to celebrate.

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The first wheat cut in the vicinity of Louisburg was at the Bert J. Rogers farm, two miles south of town last Tuesday. Fifty acres of the golden grain is being harvested which Roger says is in fine condition. By Monday the harvest will be in full swing and many fields will average 25 and 30 bushels per acre.

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The rural students, who took the county examination May 23rd and 24th have received their grades. Owning to the examination being so hard, few of the students passed.

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Roy Kern the ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren Kern, was seriously injured last Saturday afternoon, when the team he was driving hitched to the big wagon, scared and threw him from the load of lumber and the wagon crossed over him.

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Thelma Fessenden of Somerset is very poorly at this writing.

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Parker’s three days’ Chautauqua was a success, says the Message, from every view point. The Chautauqua program was a high class program and all the numbers were pleasing ones. All expenses were met and a neat little sum will be carried over next year.

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Announcement is just made that the incorporation of the Staves Oil and Gas Co. has been completed, with Paola as its headquarters. This is the largest oil company ever organized with Paola as its home and marks a new era of development and importance for the city and its surrounding oil field. Its capitalization of $600,000 with all subscribed for except $75,000 which is open to the public.

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It has been good cat fish weather. The streams of the county have not been out of their banks during the season, but all of them have been up and down repeatedly, like some of the boys when they come back from Kansas City in this happy period preceding the long drouth that is coming with the advent of July. This has served to keep the waters muddy, which makes good cat fishing, and a bunch of that kind of fish have “bit the dust.” John Baehr showed us three big fellows at his market Wednesday that had been yanked out of the Marais des Cygnes River that looked like baby submarines. They had mouths bigger than campaign orators and stomachs like Kansas City aldermen.

75 Years Ago (1944)

Whether or not Louisburg’s main street is paved with black top, is strictly up to the property owners along the business row. J. R. Rosner is chairman of a committee of property owners who will soon present petitions for the necessary 50 per cent majority of those owning business and residence property from M. W. A. hall to the M-K-T railroad. Petitions will be separate, each block having a different committee. The city proposes to pave the intersections.

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Farmers residing along the county road, known as the north West Line highway, from US-69 east to the Missouri line, is being resurfaced on the farmer-county play. The farmers made cash donations with the county allowing funds for chat, also graded the highway.

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The promotion of Lieutenant Robert I. Nicholson at Hunter Field, Ga., to the rank of captain was announced by Colonel James M. Fitzmaurice, commanding officer of the Third Air Force Staging wing. Enlisting in the service in 1941, captain Nicholson served 14 months as an enlisted man and attained the rank of staff sergeant before receiving his commission at Miami Beach, Fla. in April, 1943. Captain Nicholson, the son of Mrs. R. O. Nicholson, Paola, Kansas, now makes his home in Savannah with his wife, the former June Shinkle.

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Harvey Goertz, county agricultural agent, states that progress has been made in solving the acute farm labor problem. Boys and others who will work on the farms are registering at the farm bureau office from which contacts are made with farmers needing help.

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Retailers say there may come a time when they won’t be able to stock cigarets. Sales of most popular brands of cigars are limited to two to a customer in order to take care of more smokers. Looks like more men smokers will have to use pipes. It would be far from inspiring if women would have to carry pipes in addition to lipsticks.

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Major Earl J. Cook, son of Mrs. Lillie Cook who lives southwest of Beagle, commanded a Marine rifle company in the invasions of Engebi, Eniwetok and Parry Islands in the Marshall Islands, it has been revealed. He was promoted from Captain to Major after the operation.

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Miami County gained population in the last year. Many Kansas counties lost population in the last year. In Miami County as of March 1, 1944 total townships population was 8,471, Fontana 162, Louisburg 601, Osawatomie 4,208, and Paola 3,605, for a total county population of 17,407.

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More eggs stored in every Kansas home immediately is needed to help meet an emergency storage problem, Paul E. Phillips, state supervisor, said Thursday. Commercial storage is crowded to capacity and at present there are 1400 carloads — 25 million eggs for which no cold storage space can be found, he explained. Several extra dozen stored in every home now will save from spoilage eggs that will be needed in the future. Because production has begun to decline seasonally, supplies soon will be handled in the usual manner but at present family refrigerators offer the only opportunity to solve the storage problem.

50 Years Ago (1969)

James J. Kelley, president of J&J Metal Products, was elected president of the Paola Chamber of Commerce at the regular meeting of the board of directors held at Windy Acres June 17. Elected as vice-president was Bill Griffith, Jr. Treasurer will be Allen Asher. New board members are Roger Coltrin, Maurice Chapman and Harold Scherman. Ted McIntire has been president the past year.

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For the first time in 87 years the Commercial Hotel has closed its doors. Erected in 1882, the three story building will be razed to make way for expansion of the Miami County National Bank. An auction of fixtures will be held by Harley Keeton Saturday. Auctioneer will be Walt Medlin. Keeton sold the property to the bank in January.

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Bill Dodds showed off a string of 17 bass he and Ted Nolte landed while fishing farm ponds Saturday. The fish weighed from 1½ to 3½ pounds each. Dale Koontz landed a string of bass Friday fishing in farm ponds.

25 Years Ago (1994)

Miami County Commissioners Joe Towne, Lawrence Guenther and Sherman “Wes” Cole cut the ribbon to officially open the new Miami County solid waste transfer station.

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The Wymore Chiropractic Clinic building in Osawatomie was sold recently to Jeffrey Walmann, who will move his dental practice there after he takes possession of the building July 1. A. B. Wymore built the clinic in 1978 at the corner of First and Main Streets. After July 1, he will be associated with Jeffrey Wilson, who operates a chiropractic clinic in the south end of the building.

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A new minister will grace the pulpit at the Presbyterian Church in Osawatomie Sunday, when Leslie Murphy will deliver her first sermon for the congregation. Miss Murphy, 25, is a second generation minister. Her father, Bill Murphy, is the minister at Rolling Hills Presbyterian church, Overland Park.

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A new, long-needed concession stand and restroom complex is going up on Lynn Dickey Field at the south end of the Osawatomie stadium. Dean Mucklow, director of buildings and grounds, said the work should be completed on the concession stand in mid-August.

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Midwest Woodworking of La Cygne has become one of the top employers in Linn County in just five years. Owner Larry West expects business to double in the next two years. An additiownal 20 people will be hired over the next 18 months, he said.

Editor and Publisher Brian McCauley can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or brian.mccauley@miconews.com.

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