Vincent Thorpe 01

In the late 1800s, a man known as “Buckeye Bill” came to Paola and developed an auctioneering business second to none.

He was known throughout the Midwest and traveled extensively in that part of the country. He made sales in Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, and the Indian Territory. It is very conservative estimate that he sold over $5 million worth of property at public auction.

Vincent Thorpe is the treasurer of the Miami County Historical Museum.

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