100 Years Ago (1919)

William A. Schwartz, for thirty years manager of Louisburg’s big leading department store, has sold the stock and will leave Louisburg, and will, in the course of a few weeks take an active working interest in the Petroleum Refining company of Cincinnati. No man in the history of the city did more for the community than has Mr. Schwartz, and the community regrets his departure very much.

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Effective last Sunday the morning passenger on the Sedalia-Paola branch line M.K.&T. Ry. operated on a new time schedule, it being due to arrive in Louisburg at 10:22 instead of 9:32 a.m. Ninety percent of the mail received in Louisburg comes from this train so the rural route carriers have a new schedule to leave the office, it being 11:00 a.m. The afternoon passenger trains schedule was not altered and the two eastbound train schedules remained the same.

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Louisburg is becoming swarmed with automobiles and on a busy evening, mostly every Saturday, the streets are chuck full of Fords and automobiles. In fact the cars are so numerous that it is becoming a question worth considering on mapping out a parking system, but in the meantime, if every car owner will do his part, more autos can be parked on Main street. So drive your autos straight in toward the walk, thus allowing more parking spaces.

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Owing to the fact that a large number of farmers are going to operate threshing machines for the first time this year the State Farm Engineering Department is putting out some valuable information on the care of threshing machines. The average threshing machine under average care lasts only about 5 years. With care and reasonable repairs they should last from ten to 25 years.

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Wanted in Paola, Saturday night after the show, forty men to help tear down the load the big tent theatre.

75 Years Ago (1944)

Paul Grabill, son of Mrs. Sadie Grabill, reports today for induction into the Navy. Paul has earned his private civilian pilot license and has eighty-five flying hours to his credit. He received his training at the North American bomber plant and has flown over Louisburg several times in recent weeks.

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The Miami Republican will move during June to the Nicholson building, formerly occupied by the bakery, two doors south of Miami County National Bank on the east side of the square. It will be a big job to move the printing machinery and other equipment. The new location will provide more room and better arrangement of everything. Lieut. Robert I. Nicholson, owner of the building is redecorating and making interior changes to meet the printing office requirements.

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Only one person took the examination to be on the eligible list to be appointed Paola Postmaster. Wade McDowell, acting postmaster was the only one to take the examination. As there is every assurance that he passed, it is probable that Mr. McDowell’s permanent appointment as Paola’s postmaster will soon be announced.

50 Years Ago (1969)

Rhea’s Automotive Parts and Service in Louisburg has moved into their new building at 704 South Metcalf, south of Dick Frey Ford. The parts department will be open soon and they extend a welcome for you to come in and see their new place of business.

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Jim Menefee, son and Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur D. Menefee, won the highest state FFA award when he received State Farmer at the 41st state convention in Manhattan. The honor is unusual in two respects — Jim won the award as a high school junior whereas it is mostly awarded to a senior, and he received it just 28 years to the day that his father won the same honor. Jim is a member of the Paola high school chapter of FFA.

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Judge Robert H. Miller, who has been judge of the Sixth judicial district since 1961, was named full time magistrate last Thursday. The appointment is for eight years at a salary of $20,000 per year, made under a law enacted by Congress last October. Two fulltime magistrates and ten part-time magistrates to sit at other cities in Kansas will replace 18 lawyers who have sat as part-time U.S. commissioners in 13 cities in Kansas. The district of Kansas is one of five pilot areas selected for the institution of the federal magistrate system. Before becoming district judge, Judge Miller served two terms as Miami county attorney and also served as city attorney for the city of Paola. He is a 1943 graduate of University of Kansas law school. He served in the army from 1942-46, and then practiced law in both Osawatomie and Paola.

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William D. Homer II, son of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Homer, is the eighth straight “A” graduate in the 103-year history of the University of Kansas. This gave him a perfect “A” record since he entered first grade. Homer has been accepted by Princeton University and will enroll in the Princeton graduate school to work for the doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics.

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Cigars, cigarettes and chewing tobacco have all advanced in prices. The cigars and chewing tobacco rise is caused by increased state tax on these items, but the cigarette rise is caused bby a rise in the price by manufacturers. Cigars that formerly cost 10 cents each now sell for 14 cents.

25 Years Ago (1994)

A housing subdivision is planned for 140 acres adjoining the present city limits of Louisburg on the east. Preliminary plans call for 250 to 300 home sites to be developed in the project put together by First Enterprises Ins., a subsidiary of First Kansas Federal Savings. “Our vision is to create a quality residential area that will offer the comforts and amenities of suburban living enhanced by the warmth and friendly environment of Louisburg,” said Larry Bailey, chairman of First Enterprises.

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After more than a month of searching, John J. O’Neal of Overland Park was appointed the new Louisburg police chief following a 45-minute executive session in a special meeting of the Louisburg City Council. O’Neal was chosen from among 20 applicants Louisburg Mayor John Buckingham said.

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Bill Feuerborn of Garnett was chosen Thursday by Area Democratic committee members to serve the remainder of George Teagarden’s tern as Fifth District to the Kansas House of Representatives. Teagarden resigned to become state livestock commissioner.

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Osawatomie banker Gregg Lewis hit a hole-in-one at the Paola Country Club. Lewis used an eight iron on the 147-yard hole. The ball hit about 3 feet shy of the hole and rolled in. He was playing with Nile Drago of Beatrice, Neb.

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Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. announced that its customers soon must use their three-digit area code when making long distance calls within their own area code. Customers must dial a “1” or and “0”, followed by the area code and the seven-digit number for all long-distance calls.

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Bettie White, longtime employee of the Osawatomie Graphic officially retired Friday with almost 36 years of service. Mrs. White began her career at the Graphic in November 1958 and first worked for Nelson S. Reppert, publisher at that time. The veteran employee has seen many changes in the newspaper publishing business. Her first experiences in the field involved her in with such things as linotype machines, hot-lead castings for ads, galleys of type you had to read upside down to make corrections, one line at a time, and sheet feed presses. And it was dirty. The process has evolved into a much different process and Mrs. White has learned them all during her years at The Graphic. At her retirement, she was setting type and making up ads on MacIntosh computers and printing them out on laser printers, a much cleaner and faster method than she first learned.

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Crews are working to demolish the old bridge that carried traffic for many decades at the north side of Lane. The new bridge alongside across Pottawatomie Creek has been in use for several weeks.

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