Miami County Time Capsule | People


100 years ago (1921)

The new Jackson hotel is a good hotel. It is well arranged. It responds to a demand for more and better hotel accommodation in Paola. It will meet with much favor from the traveling public.

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Ms. Augusta Simpson remembers Paola’s first circus in the late 1850s. Most of the participants were Indians. An elephant let go and came down to the stream to drink. The Indians filled his skin with arrows.

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The Spring Hill bank’s shortfall, due to Irwin Williams’ misdeeds, is about $ 115,000 according to a statement from the bank’s examiner. The bank will not reopen.

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An estimated 4,500 crowd attended the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus’s only show in Paola on Tuesday afternoon. The Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus is ranked third best in the United States. The great Barnum and Bailey-Ringling Circus is the largest. He has 88 cars. The Hagenbeck Circus has 29 cars.

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George Pullam, driving a 7-seater Velie car heading south on Silver Street, escaped a serious accident very closely. He was driving at a good speed and as he came in front of the farmers’ store, a car started backing up from the sidewalk. Mr. Pullam, to avoid hitting the other craft, suddenly turned his car to the left and hit the lamppost on the left side of the street in front of the prison. The lamppost was smashed to the ground and the fat Vélie dove forward and stopped upon contacting a large elm tree in the prison yard. The car was badly damaged, but the driver escaped uninjured.

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As Guy Boslaugh walked down the Missouri Pacific trail at noon on Friday, he heard someone call from a tile on the side of the trail and, upon investigation, found a boy strapped into the tile. The boy said he crawled inside and fell asleep and when he woke up he found that someone had locked him up. He was no worse for his experience but he was very scared.

75 years ago (1946)

For the first time in the city’s history, the Paolans now obtain grade “A” milk from a Paola dairy. Last Friday, the Pure Gold Dairy broke down while the inspector was here and overtook not only the factory, but also the individual dairies of pure gold producers. Harold Theno, director of Pure Gold, is delighted that his dairy now supplies Grade “A” milk to the Paola store. Pure gold now provides grade “A” in pasteurized and homogenized milk.

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Stealing bird dogs is becoming a habit, Sheriff Jim Ingle has said he will end the practice and impose prison terms. In the past three weeks, five bird dogs have been stolen. Dogs had been stolen from Shorty Kirk and Dan Berkley of Osawatomie and Harold Williams of Paola. On Saturday noon a pointer was stolen from Glenn H. Miller of Paola and that night a pointer was stolen from GT Shewmaker of Paola.

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Charles Vere Hurt fell from a 27-foot flagpole in Drexel and escaped with bruises. He had climbed the pole to untie the flag. The pole snapped and threw it through the telephone wires and into a ditch.

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I returned from Harrisonville over Missouri 2 and Kansas 68, passing through Freeman, Westline and Louisburg. I wanted to see what this freeway looks like because it is positioned to make it a major national highway if the Missouri freeway officials get the idea to cooperate with Kansas to promote and improve it. This highway would provide an almost direct line for transit traffic from east to west through Saint-Louis. That would cut over 50 miles for those who don’t have the opportunity to get to Kansas City and avoid traffic jams in and around Kansas City.

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Cole’s Store is now ready for operation in the new RI Nicholson building on the west side of the plaza, three doors south of the old store location.

50 years ago (1971)

Work began in earnest on the final phase of asphalting the 7-mile Mill Street Road from Osawatomie to Block on Monday morning with contractor Killough-Clark hauling the rock base. On Monday, Commissioners Nelson Cowden, Benjamin Attebery, Sr. and Louis J. Franke were at the site as the project’s turnaround began.

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A design hearing for the southern section of the US169 freeway relocation was held in Osawatomie last Tuesday by the Kansas State Department. Participants were told that the purchase of the Deadman’s Curve right-of-way 2 miles south of Osawatomie would begin in the spring. The relocation of the freeway would wipe out Deadman’s Curve where 96 people were injured and five killed from January 1967 through July 1971. The project would complete the relocation of US169 1 mile south of Spring Hill, east past Paola, to the junction with K7 south of Osawatomie.

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It is sad to realize that after such a long time, Fluor Corporation has locked the gate to the courtyard of the northwest section of Paola. The move to the new facility just outside of Houston is complete. Fluoride had been a factor in Paola’s economy since the early 1940s and was the forerunner of Paola’s Taylor Forge.

Sugar Valley Enterprises of Centerville has announced that it will commission the only nut sheller in Linn and the southern half of Miami County this fall. He expects to purchase over 200,000 pounds of shelled nuts. The price of shelled nuts will be $ 4 per hundred pounds.

25 years ago (1996)

Osawatomie’s Dennis Davey and Don Rogers won a fully equipped 19ft Playcraft pontoon boat by participating in the International Union of Electricians Friends Fishing Tournament on Truman Lake, Missouri. The pontoon has a retail value of $ 13,500 and is equipped with a 40 horsepower motor, with tilt trim, depth sounder, lights and radio.

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Osawatomie Council has granted a salary increase to its city manager. Jim Rickerson has served as City Manager and Director of Utilities since being chosen to replace former City Manager Larry Buchanan in September 1995. By having Rickerson do both tasks, the city is still saving money. nearly $ 50,000 a year, Councilor Bruce said. Sharp.

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