125 Years Ago (1894)

Members of the Lawn Tennis club enjoyed a delightful picnic at Rock ford on Wea Tuesday.

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Charley Baker and John Oliver caught a fine lot of catfish on their trot lines above the waterworks. One weighed 49 pounds and was sold to M. Stults who sold it for 10 cents a pound.

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Prof. E. A. Farrington was re-elected school superintendent at a salary of $1,000 a year. Principal N. C. Brooks is to receive $65 a month, Assistant Principal Frank Allen $50. Teachers will each receive $50 a month.

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John Taylor will begin work Monday on a foundation for the new parsonage for the Catholic church in Paola.

100 Years Ago (1919)

Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Polley of Osawatomie were in Paola Tuesday, closing the transfer of their farm of 36 acres, a mile west of Osawatomie, to J. E. Tedlock. This a good tract of land and conveniently located. Mr. and Mrs. Polly have purchased a modern home on Pacific Avenue, between 3rd and 4th streets in Osawatomie. Mr. and Mrs. Polly are among Osawatomie’s oldest and most respected citizens.

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A couple of parties with cast iron nerve were in Paola a few hours one day last week and mopped up something over $100 clear profit off our credulous business men with about the bummest proposition we ever saw, which they called an advertising scheme. They got out a small folder on cheap cardboard, with little dinky ads at top and bottom, and sold the folders at 5c each. Once concern took 500 of them, it is stated. Altogether 2.500 were sold, the grafters taking down $125 for the lot. This office refused to bid on the work, although we felt we had a right to it, if the business people were suckers enough to bite at such a bare hook. The Spirit printed them for $18 and got good pay for the work. It is safer and easier to work that kind of a graft than pass bogus checks.

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The state highway commission has granted federal aid to Miami County for the thirty miles of the Jefferson highway which will be built of bituminous macadam through this county. The estimated cost is $16,000 per mile, of which the government pays one-half. The highway to be constructed through Linn County was also approved. The Kansas City short line through Linn County, 28 miles of the same material, except four miles of concrete through the Marais des Cygnes bottom, was also granted. Of the four miles the government will pay $20,000 per mile of the cost. In all federal aid has been granted for 380 miles of road in fifteen counties in Kansas.

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Notice to the Public. Take notice that my wife, Mable Arnholt, has left my and bed and board, and that after June 1, 1919, I will not be responsible for any debts which she may contract. R. H. Arnholt, Paola, Kansas.

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Miss Bertha Croan of Paola won a special credential certificate from the Underwood Typewriter Co. She wrote at the rate of 61 words a minute for a period of ten minutes. This is the largest number of words that have been written by any of the students of Paola high school this year.

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Jeff Allen of Paola picked six bushels and two gallons of cherries from one tree, besides what the birds picked for themselves and what the wind blew off. That is a better cherry tree than George Washington cut down, and if anybody can beat it we would like them to tell us about it. A man who can pick that many cherries from one tree is some picker, too.

75 Years Ago (1944)

The Kroger Grocery and Baking Co. has subscribed for $2,000 in War bonds in the Miami county drive, $1,000 being credited to Paola, and $1,000 to Osawatomie, where there are stores, according to Dale Cohoon, manager of the Kroger store in Paola.

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Sugar stamp 32 in War Ration book 4 will become good for five pounds, June 16 for an indefinite period of time.

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A tragedy which resulted in four deaths took place early Saturday morning east of Louisburg. Max Kettler, 35, who farmed nine miles southeast of Paola, killed his wife, Georgia Kettler, 26, his mother-in-law, Jennie Faulkner, 54, and his father-in-law, Ellis D. Faulkner, 61, at the Faulkner farm one mile east and one mile south of Louisburg. Kettler then shot himself.

50 Years Ago (1969)

Water has been gushing from under ground on the lawn at the Wilson and Son Funeral home in Paola, an outbreak of the old spring known as the Mitchler spring. The heavy rains added to the flow, and it seems impossible to repress it.

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Application has been made by the Railway Express Agency, Inc., to the Kansas State Corporation commission, for authority to close it offices in Beagle and 67 other Kansas towns.

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Main issue for consideration at the regular meeting of the city council Tuesday night was the hearing on the proposed ordinance creating a compulsory city trash pickup and the elimination of burning within the city limits of Paola. Forty citizens appeared at the hearing and when the vote was taken one person was for discontinuing the burning of trash within the city and 39 were against it.

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Keefer’s Market in Louisburg has been sold to Curt Vouse of Overland Park and he will take over management of the store next week, and will be restocking shelves prior to the Grand Opening.

25 Years Ago (1994)

Thunderstorms that dropped 9 inches of rain on Miami County during a four-day period last week wreaked havoc on the Paola Family Activity Center. The carpeted front area of the business had seven inches of water standing on it Wednesday morning and the back concrete area was under about 10 inches of water, said owner Joyce Derr.

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Putting computers on every teacher’s desk should be a priority for Louisburg schools, technology coordinator Mike Spurgeon told the USD 416 school board Thursday. “You can make the argument that some teachers may not use a computer,” Spurgeon said. “But if the computers are there, eventually they will use them.” Spurgeon admitted that networking would be a long and expensive process.

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Elmer Koopman and Chuck McCann met for the first time in more than 30 years on Sunday afternoon. McCann is writing a book about his experiences for as a paper boy working for Koopman in Paola from 1958 to 1962.

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Frank Kelly, newly appointed undersheriff for Miami County, discussed plans of the sheriff’s department to reduce crime in the county at the Thursday luncheon of the Paola Rotary club. He said that recently appointed Sheriff Ken Davis does not plan any big changes. Davis was appointed to fill the term of Dan Morgan, who resigned. Morgan underwent surgery last week to clear a blocked artery.

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A new Miami County Emergency Medical Services station serving both Paola and Osawatomie will be built on 6.7 acres at the intersection of U.S. 169 and 327th St. “The advantage to the county will be not only to improve the quality of service but also to reduce costs,” County Administrator Jay Newton said. “I think this will serve the county for a long time to come.”

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A plant that will hire 25 to 30 people at the start will open at the Paola Industrial Park. Waymon Hunnicutt, rural Louisburg, will be the owner of Kansas Custom Embroidery. He has been employed by a Lenexa firm, Winning Ways, for 18 years and the business will have a similar relationship with that company as will a new Louisburg firm, Impact Designs. Hunnicutt said he chose the location in Paola instead of at Louisburg because he did not want to competwe against the new firm there.

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

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