125 Years Ago (1894)

The assessors of Miami County have made all their returns for 1894. Personal property valuation is considerably lower than the year before and real estate is about the same. Population is 18,923 and the wheat crop covers 10,822 acres.

100 Years Ago (1919)

Gilbert I. Protzman handed in his resignation as manager of the Farmers’ elevator in Paola, to take effect within 30 days. Mr. Protzman and his uncle, A. N. Protzman, sold the elevator to the farmers June 3 of last year, since which time he has been the manager. He is a thorough grain man and successful manager. He has other prospects, but has not yet determined definitely what he will do.

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If you will need harvest hands, report your wants to the County Agent as early as possible, so he will be able to put you in touch with the help when you need it.

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The twenty-seven head of pure blood Holstein cows and heifers purchased by the farmers around Osawatomie were distributed by Walter Barnes at the Farmers and Mechanics Bank at Osawatomie Monday. These cows were purchased at Grand Rapids, Mich. John C. Brady and Frank Elliott were the two farmers selected to buy the stock. All of the farmers talked to seemed well pleased with the purchase these men had made.

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Alex Hamilin & Son have sold their Paola mill and elevator to a new company composed of G. I. Protzman of Paola, Charles Watkins of Kansas City and R. E. Harrington of Baker. An addition will be erected on the west, which will give access to both the Frisco and Missouri Pacific switch tracks. G. I. Protzman wil be the active manager. After the mill is reconstructed the capacity will be more than doubled and it is the intention to keep it in operation day and night.

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Garrett Winkler and J. C. Ponsness were out on the Wea fishing Sunday, and after catching a small catfish, concluded it was not a good day for fishing and were taking up their lines to give up the job, when Garrett’s line ran away, and catching it with the boat he heaved into the boat a 15 pound carp. They both jumped on it and held it down until it was securely tied.

75 Years Ago (1944)

Persons who volunteer for spare time labor on farms and in food processing plants this summer may apply for special gasoline rations to get to and from this work. The applicant must arrange to carry at least four persons including the driver (or as many as the car will hold) and must show there is no other adequate transportation.

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The Chamber of Commerce in Paola and Osawatomie and the American Legion in Louisburg, have said they would cooperate in organizing their local farm labor needs. Farmers will need help during haying, harvesting and silo filling time.

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Kansans who depend upon coal for their winter fuel supply are being urged to be prompt in purchasing their coal needs for next winter. Manpower shortages at the mines, delayed transportation service and inadequate storage facilities add to emergency coal supply difficulty.

50 Years Ago (1969)

The Kansas Highway commission announced that a location public hearing will be held on July 1, 1969 to consider the economic, social and environmental effects of the proposed relocation and improvement of US 169 at Osawatomie. The proposed project begins at the right angle turn on present US 169 two miles south of Paola and extends south and west of Osawatomie to present US 169. Alternate locations will be discussed at the hearing. Tentative construction plans call for two lanes with right of way for four lanes to be acquired in the initial taking. The ultimate improvement would be a four lane divided access controlled facility.

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Driver education classes will begin Thursday at Paola High School. Automatic transmission classes will be taught by John Cowley and standard transmission classes will be taught by Dick Gillman.

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At the Midway Drive-in Friday and Saturday: Doris Day and Brian Keith in “With Six You Get Eggroll” and Paul Newman in “Cool Hand Luke”. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: Andy Griffith in “Angel In My Pocket” and Don Knotts “The Shakiest Gun In the West”. Wednesday and Thursday is family nights with Elvis Presley in “Live a Little, Love a Little” and “Violent Four”.

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Yup! A new Maverick, $1995. Price does not include optional white sidewall tires, $32.00, at Jack Rhea Ford Sales, Paola, Kansas.

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A reward of $100 has been offered to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons breaking off young trees in the downtown improvement project, planted along the Main Street sidewalk in Osawatomie.

25 Years Ago (1994)

A project designed to improve service for Osawatomie customers of Sprint/United telephone was completed last week. Seven miles of cable were buried near the intersection of US169 and Kansas Highway 7. Some customers on party lines south of Osawatomie will see improvement because private lines will be available to them. All Osawatomie telephone customers are slated to have one-party service by the end of next year.

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It was a perfect night for an outdoor commencement when the Osawatomie graduating class marched onto Lynn Dickey Field. The class was the 100th to graduate from Osawatomie High School. Barbara Burns and James Hay were the valedictorians. OHS principal Dean Brown presided at his final OHS graduation ceremony. He is retiring in June after 20 years as principal. As graduates left the stage, they paused to shake the hand of their principal and present him with a surprise gift. It was with some surprise that Brown began accepting marbles as he held his students’ hands and made a special remark to each of them. Students later said the marble gifts were something they had seen in a movie where the weight of the marbles pulled the principal’s pants off. If the graduates were disappointed that Brown still had his pants on at the end of the ceremony, it didn’t show. But Brown wasn’t finished with his last harrah either. At the end of the ceremony, as the high school band played, the sky blazed with a burst of light and a loud boom. Brown, an avid fireworks enthusiast, had prepared a fireworks display for this, his final graduating class.

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James M. Crowl graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law at it 122nd commencement exercises.

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Mr. and Mrs. Bert Binkley and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Jones attended the 29th national convention of National Association of Retire Veteran Railway Employees in Bloomington, Minn. Binkley was the local delegate and Jones, the alternate.

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Spoonbill bits were featured Saturday at the Osawatomie Spoonbill Festival cookout. Margaret Hays was serving the tidbits which were cooked by Committee Chairman Andrea Renick-Bell.

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Willard Maichel stroked a hole in one at the Osawatomie Golf Course last week. He used an 8-iron for the ace.

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A man from Osawatomie placed in the Mount Vernon, Ill. Senior Olympics. Charles Heckart finished second in his age bracket — 60 to 64. In addition to the tennis tournament, he also finished third in a free throw competition, hitting 21 of 25.

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