2023 Spring Newsletter
Ammo Storage Coldwater Springs
The 2023 Spring Edition Newsletter of the MIAMI COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
This old shed near Coldwater Springs, is reported to have been used for ammunition storage by the U S Army before and during the Civil War
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Officers and Directors 2023
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President- Jana Harrington Barcus
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Queries - Mini Minutes Word from the President History of Courthouse Sale of Courthouse Negro Baseball, Phil Dixon Visit Wea Cemetery Nelly Don Style Review Ben Goodrick story Secretary Report
Vice President- Wes Cole Secretary- Ann Benton Treasurer- Vincent Thorpe Librarian - LeAnne Shields
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Genealogy Society Coordinator- Iris Kluber Newsletter & Graphics Roger Shipman
Board of Directors
Marysville Township - Elsie Cordle Member at Large - LuAnne Debrick Miami Township - Nina Gerken Middle Creek Township. Shelia Tappan Mound Township - Donna Darner Osage Township - Ann Davis Osawatomie Township - Wes Cole Paola Township - Jana Barcus Richland Township - LeAnne Shields Stanton Township - Vicent Thorpe Sugar Creek Township - Ann Benton Ten Mile Township -Gorden Geldhof Valley Township - Lloyd Peckman
Lloyds Letter General Crawford Ann Benton, Recipes Paola Fire 1874 Trains All Aboard Publications for sale Heritage Walk Bricks
Notice To The Membership The Miami County Historical Museum member
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Front Desk (1/2 or full day), computer input, arranging displays, moving help, grant writers, interviewers, history researchers
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A Newsletter of the Miami County Historical Museum & Genealogy Society Spring 2023 Volume 39- No.1 Miami County Historical Museum 12 E. Peoria, Paola, Kansas 66071 Phone: 913-294-4940 E-Mail: email@example.com. Web address; https://micomuseum.org Museum Hours: Wednesday -Thursday- Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Saturday 10a.m. - 2p.m. The museum is a volunteer organization, please call to check if we are open. The Miami County Historical Museum is a Non-Profit Organization with a tax exempt status allowed by the Internal Rev enue Dept. Gift and donations received by the Societies are deductible for Income Tax purposes. For additional informa tion or questions regarding Endowments, Trusts, etc., Please contact us at 913-294-4940
Visit our gift corner We have books, out of print museum books on DVD, brochures of local attractions, numerous historical Paola photos suitable for framing, tee-shirts, hats and some free stuff
A selection of books and newslet ters that are printed in house. We have many out of print books on disks in “PDF” format. TOMORROW IS ANOTHER TOWN The Anatomy of a Circus An autobiography by James R. Patterson A history of the Great Patterson Shows when that circus maintained winter quarters in Paola. Tax included price is $28.00
How to purchase is on page 22
Hours for the Museum Open Wednesday, thru Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For appointments call: 913-333-2657 913-294-5436 913-710-1767
Museum “Happenings” 2023 got started the year with an active and produc tive January Board meeting. New open days beginning February 1st (Wednes day-Friday 10:00–4:00 and Saturday 10:00–2:00) and solidifying commitment to double building size through renovation of the second floor and eleva tor installation, were just two of the many ambitious items approved at the January Miami County Histori cal Museum Board meeting. To lead these and other pioneering efforts the fol lowing were unanimously elected to two year officer positions: Jana Barcus, President (Paola Twp), and Ann Benton, Secretary (Sugar Creek Twp). Also unan imously elected to two year board positions were: Donna Darner (Mound Twp); Lloyd Peckman (Valley Twp); Ann Davis (Osage Twp); Shelia Tappan (Middle Creek Twp); and Gordon Geldhof (Ten Mile Twp). Below is a synopsis of the many activities undertaken since January and their current status: Monthly Events: Speakers: Gordon Geldhof is leading our effort to secure month ly speakers on various topics of interest and scored a home run on our first speaker, February’s Phil Dixon, who spoke on the “KC Monarchs in Your Home Town”, provided by Humanities Kansas (via National Endow ment of the Arts) “free of charge”. Mayor Leigh House and the many attendees unanimously provided A+ rat ings for the event! March’s and April’s events featured other Humanities Kansas Speakers: Sarah Bell spoke in March on “Women’s Suffrage in Kansas” and Marla Day spoke in April on Nell Donnelly, a Kansas native who built the world’s largest women’s clothing factory and was a fashion icon of the 20th Century. Elsie and Nina brought up mannequins to display some clothing collection items for Marla’s presentation. Our May speaker, also sponsored by Humanities Kansas, Will Haynes, will speak on “The Civil War in Kansas” at 1:00 on May 27th. Our June speaker, Warren Martin, will focus on “Kansas Oil and Gas Production” Traveling Exhibits: Freedom’s Frontier has provided us two exhibits. “Women’s Suffrage” and “Foods” with “ Civil War Money” coming soon. Continued on page 10 by Ann Benton
QUERIES Sam Sagastume was trying to locate the burial of Lulu Viola Mills or Lizzie Mills. Lara Justeson wanted info on the Vickers Schoo.l Bryan Matheson Es looking for an obits for several members of the Chrislers. Ann Duarte wants info on the Santa Fe Trail. Todd Bohnenkamp is interested in locating the farm his family owned in the 1918- 1921 years and info on Eli Billman who lived here at about the same time. Stacie Gonzalez is wanted to come and learn about the Patterson Circus. Roger Hatfield wanted a digital history of the South School in 1950. Ruth Adams Hopes for info on the Peters Family. Mary Tinker wants birth record for Andrew Tinker born here 26 May 1876 Daniel Hunt wants info on Caleb and Ann Sherar and Asail and Mary Jane Hunt. Marc Trueb would like info on the Tracy Family. Sydney Gabel needs info on Mary Stewart who was in the State Hospital Beth Cody hopes to find a picture of the grotto at Ur suline Academy. Jan Grout wants pictures of Paul Mabes Market and Adolph Wishrop Grocery. Marci Schuler wan ts to visit and see any artifacts from the McGrath family. Rita Wallace was looking for records for the Mayes and Wright familes. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Front Desk (1/2 or full day), computer input, arrang ing displays, moving help, grant writers, interviewers, history researchers
A WORD FROM THE MUSEUM PRESIDENT
Jana Harrington Barcus
The museum is in full swing with sever al events scheduled throughout the year. We are open Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 2 pm. Librarian, Leanne Shei lds and our Genealogy Society Coordinator Iris Kluber, have been super busy helping customers that are researching the history of their property, finding family members, gathering entire history
Treasurer and writer Vincent Thor pe, stays very busy doing our books and writing our weekly history ar ticles for the local newspaper, The Miami County Republic. He also keeps us in supplies needed to run the museum. We are thankful to Brian McCauley, Editor and Chief of the newspaper for giving us this opportunity. Vincent’s wife Becky
is a member of the Marais Des Cygnes Extension Master Gardeners and in charge of community service projects and recruiting. This year, one of their projects is building and selling beautiful planter benches to lo cal businesses. Of course we wanted one for the muse um sidewalk. Vincent and Becky were gracious to the museum and have donated a portion of a bench plant er for our visitors to enjoy. I hope all the area business embrace this project. What a beautiful and functional idea, I can’t wait to see them all over town! March brought in speaker Sara Bell on Fighting for Equality – Women’s suffrage and a traveling display we were able to have up for about a month supplied by Freedom Frontier. Sara had a great informational pre sentation and our attendees were provided drinks and snacks made by our volunteers for the event. Wes, Vincent and Leanne are doing a super job looking into and submitting requests for different grants avail able. Grants are needed to do work needed for the museum like add to our military room, adding the ele vator and other spaces we need to be able to expand and use the upstairs space. If you know of any grants that would benefit our museum, please give me a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org April showers brought in Marla Day and Dress for Suc cess. Our volunteers Nina, Elsie and Gordon brought up display dummies, hangers & picked out some very interesting dresses, skirts and tops to display. Marla brought a great slideshow and information on Nelly Don. You can’t mention 20th Century women’s wear without thinking of Nelly Don. They built a fashion em pire on the vision that women deserved affordable, stylish clothing regardless of means or status.
for families and more. Please use our services as they are reasonable priced and the money goes directly to the success of the museum to keep it free to visitors. Volunteer committee team Ann Benton and Gordon Geldhoff hit the floor running by scheduling monthly historical events free for everyone to attend.
These events are all scheduled on Saturdays at 1:00 so check our Facebook and website for the dates of these events. Plen ty of time to grab some lunch in town and head over to the mu seum for the event. Starting in February 2023, we hosted Phil Dixon co-founder of the Negro leagues.
Phil is a great speaker and makes history fun! Phil brought us information on Kansas City Monarchs & America’s Nation al pastime. He and his lovely wife also brought several books written by Phil for sale, while Gene Morris and Ron Smith adorned our front 2 display cases and walls with their per sonal memorabilia. Jeff Hartl and Ann Davis distributed flyers all around town and we had a great turnout.
Data entry continues in full force as we work on getting all our hard copies of accession items in our updated software. A lot of scanning and entering obituaries are being entered also. Ann Davis has been going through each accession item diligently, numbering and access ing value so they can be added to our data base. A big thank you to Diane, Christy, Ann and Leanne for keep ing the keyboards humming. Roger Shipman continues to be a huge asset to our museum with his major talent of cleaning up photo graphs, producing books on all aspects of history and more. If you haven’t checked out his latest creations, come in and purchase these amazing books.
on replacing the huge map that has so many area’s marked on it. We appreciate Phil Reaka sharing his great historical facts with Gordon and I as we travel on this journey of knowledge. QR (quick read) codes are still being worked on as it’s an ongoing strive of information and coding for our visitors to use.
On the agenda for Saturday, May 27, 2023 will be Will Haynes and The Civil War in Kansas. This event is also brought to our visitors for free by a grant from Free dom Frontiers. Come early as we will be open at 10 am for visitors and our event will start at 1:00 Mark your calendars for our 2nd Annual Craft & Mar ket Day on the Square Show to be held in the park square on June 17, 2023 from 9 am to 2 pm. Last year there were over 50 Vendors setup in the beautiful town square park. We appreciate past president and current volunteer Agnes Dillard for starting this event for us. Proceeds from this show benefit needs for the museum and its visitors. Cindy Lou, our event coordi nator expects over 50 vendors this year so you won’t want to miss it. Along with our craft show in the park, we are having a bake sale ran by Pamela Hennigh with Kansas Pioneer. A big thank you to Kansas Pioneer as they will be donating 25% of their sales to the muse um.
Lloyd Peckman, has taken a group of us out to several sites. One site that we will be cleaning up will be the Daganet cemetery south of Louisburg. A Boy Scouts group and many volunteers will be meeting at the mu seum to go out to the site and work on clean-up for the entire day. Hoping to schedule this in June so give us a call if you want to be on the list.
If you haven’t visited our Indian Room, please do so. Gordon has been busy re-arranging, displaying and labeling more items to enhance your Miami County, Kansas knowledge. As technology, larger printers, etc. get better with time, Lloyd and Gordon are working
Roger Shipman’s 1/12 scale model of the Adair cabin located in John Brown park will be on display.
We are also hosting a children event during the craft show. The event tables will be located by the bake sale booth. Bring your children to the square for this fun FREE event. Kids will build an Indian drum replica to take home for themselves. Volunteer Sheila Tappan will be onsite and have all the can’s painted, ready for various stickers. Each sticker will have a different im age and meaning.
Mark your calendars to come in the museum for the Miniature Art Show happening the entire month of July 2023 more information to come on this annual event. Professional miniature Artwork from local and around the world artist’s to view and purchase!
At the craft event Kids will; 1. Choose drum base color. 2. Material for head and put on base. 3. Choose stickers and apply to drum base. 4. Build drum sticks.
Take your drum home and have some fun with it! SPECIAL EVENT AT THE MUSEUM WITH DRUMS Rules to participate in the special event at the muse um on Saturday, June 24, 2023. 1. You must make your drum at the park event on June 17, 2023 2. Sign the list at the craft show with Parents Name, phone number, email and your child’s name 3. Bring your drum back to the museum special event This event will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 10:00 am; Jeanne d’Arc Dagenét will talk to the chil dren about drums. Lunch will be provided. 4 There is to be a presentation about “oil & gas in Kansas” at 1:00 pm
A huge thank you for all that have donated to our mu seum this year. You are greatly appreciated! Thank you to those that donate their time from their homes like LuAnne Debrick. We miss seeing her in the museum but are super blessed to have her staying involved by email and phone conversations. When we need to know something, we can make a call to LuAnne, thank you LuAnne for your world of knowledge and sharing! Thank you to the work that Jeanne Daganet has been doing with flyers and gathering information about her family for us. I hope I haven’t missed some information, but rest assure we appreciate help from everyone. We are having so much fun, learning something new every day and have so many things going on in the mu seum. We would love to have you volunteer for a day, a week, monthly, or whatever you have time to do. We can always use more help. Give me a call or come in to the museum I’m there most Wednesdays. Please con sider joining our membership. Help keep Miami Coun ty Kansas history alive and well! Miniature Art Show patrons
In our main entry room, we now have a large confer ence table and comfy chairs for your use. Plenty of room to get your papers, devices and use our research books to work on your research on. Wednesday’s are a great day to come in as both Iris and Leanne are there to help direct you with your research.
HISTORY OF THE MIAMI COUNTY COURTHOUSE
By: Vincent Thorpe
Back in the mid- 1860s, county records were stored in an old building on the west side of the square. W. G. Rainey, who was the sheriff at that time, new the im portance of these records, planned on building a three story building at the south end of the west side of Park Square. Before starting construction he signed a con tract with the county commissioners to rent seven of fice rooms for the county officials and one large room to be used as a courtroom.
The county bought the land for the new courthouse in 1897. It cost $4100. The builder of the courthouse was chosen to be L.W. Divelbiss of Olathe. The architect was George Washburn of Ottawa. He designed many Kansas county courthouses around the turn of the century. The cost to complete the building was $45000.
The sheriff’s living quarters were on the third floor of the building. Courthouse offices were on the sec ond floor with the first floor being occupied by other businesses and a bowling alley in the basement. This building was begun in 1869 and finished in 1870. The county continued to rent these rooms until Paola’s first school building (that was built in 1865 by S.M. Larkin and closed in 1872) became available. It was also on the south side of the square.
The courthouse was built in the Romanesque style. It has a foundation of Carthage Limestone. The walls are made of fireproof pressed bricks and the roof is black with red slate on the tower and gables. The whole in terior is quarter sawn oak with a natural finish. The
The county commis sioners rented the old school building and lat er bought itfor $8000. Some remodeling had to be done and it was used as the court house until 1898. The old court house was sold at auction by Buckeye Bill (M.E.Thorpe) acting for the county commission ers for $320.00 in 1899. He did the job for free. The purchaser of the building was Gilbert E. Moore.
clocks in the clock tower were donated by Paola Middle School students and installed in 1980. It is truly a beautiful building. The Kansas State Exten sion Marais des Cygnes district Master Gardeners designed and maintain the surrounding gardens in a period appropriate style.
Sale of the Court House
enthusiastic, generous and venturesome. Everything “went” and everybody went along. The “octopus” and the ‘money power” hadn’t got here yet, and if they had, they would have been made to “set ‘em up” as long as their money lasted and then been locked up in the calaboose or rode out of town on a rail. A few – a very few – of the actors are here yet who were on the scene in those days – most of them have gone. A ma jority of them have crossed the river which is so wide that none can ever return, while others have gone ev erywhere else, from the Klondyke to the golden sands of South Africa, from the wilds of South America to the islands of the seas. The building was started in the spring of 1866 and completed in the fall of that year. It was erected by school district No.21 for a school building, at a cost of $15,000. S. M. Larkin burned the brick and laid them in the wall; the carpenter worked was done by Brock man & Co. It was a large pretentious structure and was really a creditable building for those days, being one of the best school houses in the State. It was oc cupied as a school house until about 1874, when the handsome new building on the hill was competed. November 21st, 1876, it was purchased by Miami –co. for a court house, the price paid being $9,200. The County Commissioners then were P. F. Latimer, S. P. Boon and Wm. McConnor. It has been occupied since as a court house, but within two weeks the county of ficials will move into the stately new structure which proudly overshadows the old, and the cracked and broken walls will be torn down and will mingle with the things of the past.
From the Dungeon: Western Spirit, April 5, 1899 In accordance with the advertisement, the old court house building was sold at public auction at the office of the County Clerk last Monday April 3, at 1:30 o’clock p.m. The County Commissioners were all attendance and the clerk’s office was crowded with spectators, to witness the unusably spectacle of a court house being sold to the highest or any other bidder. Buckeye Bill made the sale, and was more eloquent and persua sive than usual. In his long career as an auctioneer he has sold everything but court houses and this was the first one on his list. The bidding started at $100 and was soon run up to $250, in $25 bids. It began to drag along in $5 bids until $320 was reached, when, at the customary “third and last warning”, the building was sold to Gilbert Moore. The principal bidders were Mr. Moore and T. M. Hobson. This being the first court house Mr. Moore ever owned he has not yet fully de termined what disposition he will make of it, but it is probable that he will use the material in erecting sev eral small houses in town.
Under the terms of the sale, the county reserved the furniture and the doors and casing of the vaults – all the rest is the property of Mr. Moore. The county has twenty days in which to vacate the building and Mr. Moore has three months in which to tear down the building and remove the material. The old court house is a land mark in Paola, and to the older citizens many fond recollections cluster ed about it, and old and dilapidated as it is, many will see it torn down with genuine regret, akin to that felt in attending the funeral of an old friend. It is a part of the early days of Paola, when the town was new – those happy, heartsome. Joyful, careless, frolicksome days, when the very people themselves were new, made up of everybody from everywhere, and all hopeful,
Continued from pg. 5 Miniature Art Show: The Museum will again host the Miami County Art Guild Miniature Art Show this July. Paola Craft Show: Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 17 craft show at Paola’s Park Square sponsored by the Museum. Stop by our booth and say “Hello”! Technology Upgrades – QR Codes, “Talking Heads” and Audio Visual Equipment: Have you ever wondered what those small squares with strangely arranged black boxes were in mag azines, posters, etc? You will now see them at the museum! Given upgrades of very old, out-dated and vulnerable computers were a primary focus in 2022, 2023 brings more technology upgrades to enhance visitor experience, such as the small squares, known as QR codes, which, when scanned by a smart phone, will take the visitor to a website containing more in formation regarding the item. Additionally, “talking heads” or computerizing facial characteristics of fa mous historical figures where they appear to “speak” to the viewer on a large electronic screen have been implemented. Finally, to support our monthly speaker events, a microphone system was purchased and an outdated laptop updated in order to display the pre senter’s slides on a large TV screen. Building Repairs Long identified and now urgently needed building re pairs to our 138 year old historic buildings are moving to the forefront. As a non-profit entity, the cost of these repairs does reduce our ability to meet stated goals. Any monetary donations toward this effort would be greatly appreciated!
Indian Room Improvements: If you haven’t visited the Indian Room in the past few weeks, another gander is in order as many improve ments were recently completed. Preserving Local Knowledge: Our members have been busy video recording local historians as they share their unique and vast knowl edge of Miami County’s people and events. These videos are being placed on our website for public viewing. Lloyd Peckman, our Indian subject matter expert, gra ciously lead the Museum Board on a tour of Beaver town, the cave on Cold Water Springs and to visit a local resident’s artifact collection, Lloyd will be con ducting more tours in the future as he has meticulously documented these locations during his decades-long volunteer career at the Museum, and we are indebted to him for his preservation of this history. Patterson Circus Book “Hot off the Press”! Learn more about Paola’s own circus via a picture filled color booklet. Copies are available for purchase at the Museum! Media Outreach : As you may have noticed, the Republic is now pub lishing a weekly museum column, abbreviated board minutes, and special articles. New Volunteers: We are thrilled to welcome Diane Hanson, volunteer ing to document newly accessioned items, and Kristy Curtis, volunteering to assist with computer input. We are calling all computer skilled residents to aid in documenting new collection items. We hope some can join us in preserving Miami County’s history! KEYBOARD PEOPLE WANTED We are trying to copy all of our obituary card files into a computer data base. Presently There are over 30,000 scanned obit cards that need to be renamed with the persons info on the card. The museum will provide USB thumb drives to volunteers who could take the drives back to their computers and rename them at their own pace.
Mr. Dixon gave a excellent talk, regaling the group with stories about the ball players that were the Negro League baseball teams. The KC Monarchs were among the highlights of his nar ration. Mr. Dixon is a renowned baseball writer and his torian who has given over 200 talks in 17 states. He was a charter member of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Dixon is a Kansas Humanities speaker. To learn more about Phil Dixon and watch his videos in length log in to https://www.nlbalive.com/about-phil
Author & Storyteller Phil Dixon
Gorden Geldhof program chair
A portion of Ron Smith’s base ball collection
Gene Morris, of the Miami Republic, has a nice collection of memorabilia including a Babe Ruth autographed ball.
The attendees gathered around Mr. Dixons book table to have their copies signed
A Field Trip to the Wea Cemetery south of Louisburg and points inbetween.
metal arrow points
Pictured above are a tiny portion of Jack York’s vast collection of ar tifacts that he has found. Jack has been metal detecting for over fifty years and has dicovered thousands of items of valuable stuff. He has also found tons of junk!
A view of the Wea - Dagenét cemetery, south of Louisburg, that’s in much need of some TLC.
Marla Day and Dress for Success. Our volunteers Nina, Elsie and Gordon brought up display dummies, hangers & picked out some very interesting dresses, skirts and tops to dis play. Marla brought a great slideshow and in formation on Nelly Don. You can’t mention 20th Century women’s wear without thinking of Nel ly Don. They built a fashion empire on the vision that women deserved affordable, stylish cloth ing regardless of means or status.
BENJAMIN GEORGE GOODRICK EARLY PIONEER Benjamin George Goodrick was born in 1803 in Halifax County, Virginia. At the age of 12 his parents moved the family to Nickolas County, Kentucky where they homesteaded 180 acres of government land. Ben grew up as an energetic young man. He was ad venturesome, diligent and a very hard worker. The frontier life seemed to suit him well. Benjamin mar ried his wife Jane in Nickolas Co, Kentucky and then moved to Clinton County, Ohio in the mid-1820s. He and Jane had two children (James and Mary). Ben had three brothers (John, Tom and Will). In the spring of 1832, he and his brothers decided they want ed a better life so they moved their families to Ham ilton County, near Noblesville, Indiana. They brought along with them the Stanbrough and Vanderslice fami lies. A third son, Joseph Joel Goodrick was born during this move. Five more children, a son and four daugh ters, were born to the Goodricks by 1853. In the spring of 1855, the family’s pioneer spirit took over and they with a number of families left Engletown Indiana and headed for Kansas to find new homes. They came to Miami County (at that time it was Lykins County). Ben’s younger brother Daniel had settled in Lykins County a year earlier. This was a contributing factor for the Goodricks to come to Kansas. When they got here, they established homesteads in the timber land of Stanton Township along the Marais Des Cygnes River. Some moved into log cabins that had been abandoned by previous settlers that had gone back to previous homes. Others lived in tents until they could cut the timber and build their own cabins. Stanton Twp. did not have any churches or schools at that time, so Ben (they called him “Uncle Ben”) held services in his home and they were presided over by a United Brethern circuit rider. Back in central Indiana, the Goodricks were greatly influenced by the Quaker families of Engletown. The Goodricks were of the be lief that slavery was wrong and they did their best to establish Kansas as a “free territory”. Ben and the fam ily were friends of John Brown. In the summer of 1856, armed bands of proslavery men decided that every free state should be driven
out of the territory. Osawatomie was chosen as one of the places to go. All of the residents feared that Osawatomie would be destroyed. On August 30, 1856 the battle began and it lasted for 2 days. The ruffians left with two wagons filled with their wounded and ten wagons loaded with their plunder taken from the homes of the citizens. The Goodricks and other fam ilies lived in fear for their lives as the territory from Mound City to Ft. Scott to Lawrence was occupied by the border ruffians. The Goodricks and twenty-seven other families decid ed to leave and go back to Indiana. Life in Indiana still did not appeal to the Goodricks and the call for Kan sas was still in their hearts. In 1858, the family went westward and returned to their homes in Kansas and resumed their activities as abolitionists. The Goodricks stayed in Stanton Twp. and Ben farmed the land for a long period of time. Jane, his wife, passed away after giving him nine children. After farming, Ben spent the remaining years of his life liv ing with his daughter, Minerva Mcgill. He died at the age of 87 on May 23, 1889. Both he and his wife were laid to rest in the Elmwood Addition of Paola Ceme tery. Vincent Thorpe
To: Miami County Hist. Museum From: Lloyd L. Peckman
dians and Military Road people and both Union and Confederate Troops. Mrs. Dough Papst showed us the very nice spring 500 feet east of her house. An old Am munition building is there. These first 5 Wea sites were shown to 3 people from the museum, namely President Jana Barcus, members Lee Ann Shields and Nina Gerken on 4-8-23. The re maining sites are all about the Miami Indian sites all south of 351st. Street going down to La Cygne. #6 Near Rockville, Ks. and West Point, Mo. 4 miles south of Drexel, Mo. is where 383 Miami Indians were dropped off in December 5th of 1846. It occurred at the high point at 389th and Coldwater Road where the Big Barn once stood. Another 61 came the next Sep tember. Other may have come as later report in the 1878 Atlas states that from 600 to 1100 were here and 500 return to Indiana. The 1878 Atlas reports that 150 Indians died of Small Pox and Alcoholism before mov ing to MiamiVillage in 1849. Their first Trading Post was located One and a half miles south of Rockville. #7 Lewis Geboe Sr. and Jr. homes are just South of the Black Ranch at the corner of Bever Creek and 307th Street. Artifact was found there that We have in our collection. #8 Big Turtle Hill Trading Post was located at the top of the hill just North of La Cygne at 18325 E., 2300 Lane Rd. An Indian Cemetery s located about one forth mile Northwest of there is where Eli Geboe’s second Wife and children were buried. The first Grave Stone is at John Grother’s home. See my Indian Book page 60-62. #9 Artifact was found at 391st and Somerset and at the top of the hill north of the Black Ranch. Chief Big Legs is reported buried along Middle Creek east of here. This is where the Indians had there Pow-wows. #10 Three Miles South of Block is located the very large Miamiville Mission Trading Post, Church-School and Cemetery. See my Book Report page 16 about the Indian crowd at Richardville Adulterer trial. Tom Rich ardville’s home and the 20 Dollar gold piece was found about a mile north of the Mission Church. You will be greatly disappointed by seeing much grass, trees and farm ground, except for Jack’s display and maybe the Geboe and Bierdau Gravestones at J. Grothers. And We are still investigating the ROCKS in the well? Lloyd L. Peckman 4-30-23
SUBJECT: IMPORTANT INDIAN PEOPLE AND PLACES: This is a short summary of what you need to know about the 50 miles of trail around Miami and Linn Counties that covers the Indian hot spots. Important references, include the Emberlin Amazon Bing maps, my Indian Book and newspaper clips dated back to 1865 from W. Alex Lowe, Joe Evert and Ethyl Hunt. #1 the Paola-Louisburg area; most likely Christmas Da genet came here in about late 1820s as the first over land trip with a group of mostly Wea Indians and many settled south of where Wea Creek joins Bull Creek. There was located a Trading Post and 9 homes (see Em berlin’s Bing map). Many had land all the way to Louis burg along Wea Creek. Baptiste Peoria brought 60 Peoria and others from Branson-Forsyth, Mo. to the Paola area in the early 1830s. He established his first Fur Trading Post at the top of 312 Pearl Street and later moved the Post to Bever Creek 4 to 6 mile east of Paola. His son Yellow Beaver lived nearby. #2 site is the Wea Cave just north east of Somerset about a quarter Mile. Six Indian homes were located around this cave as shown by a Bing map. #3 Jack York’s North of Louisburg has a large and exten sive Detection Artifact Collection. His secure collection came from all over eastern Kansas and western Mis souri over a period of 50 years. #4 Wea Dagenet Cemetery is located in center of Sec tion 8 about two miles southeast of Louisburg. It is iso lated and in bad shape with many stones lying on the ground. It can be entered from the southeast corner of the quarter section with the permission of the owner Dr. John Mozier. His present phone number is 913-707 1245. Christmas’s home site was located in the section south of the Cemetery and west of ColdWater Grove Spring. See my Book page 36 and 70. #5 Cold Water Grove Spring is located about 3 miles southeast of Louisburg or about Two and one half miles east of the Dagenet Cemetery. There are several very good springs located here that were used by In
At the time of his death, Charles Crawford was the high est ranking military officer that had come out of Miami County. He got to the rank of brigadier general during his tenure of military service. He was actually born in Co shocton, Ohio in 1866. Four years later he came to Miami County with his parents, Thomas and Margaret Crawford. Upon graduation from high school, he taught for some time and then he was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. The appoint ment was made by General Frederick Funston who was a ranking general in the Army at that time. This occurred in 1888. In 1889, he graduated from West Point and was com missioned a second lieutenant in the 10th infantry. He worked his way up through the ranks and was promoted to colonel in June of 1917. And then was promoted to brigadier general in the National Army in 1918. His first assignment was in Oklahoma to assist the Unit ed States commissioner who was dealing with the Indian tribes in 1890. He formed the Apache Indian company of the 10th infantry in 1891. General Crawford fought in the battle of San Juan Hill, Cuba in 1898 and he was commended in an official report for his fearlessness un der fire. This happened during the Spanish American War. In 1903 thru 1907, he taught at the Infantry and Cavalry and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth. Some of his pupils were Dwight Eisenhower and Douglas Mac Arthur. BRIGADIER GENERAL CHARLES CRAWFORD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Greeters, answer phone, if bored can help in other ways or read or knit etc. Computer input of all kinds Clip, Paste and scan obituaries (we have approx. 44,000) G reeters, answer phone, if bored can help in other ways or read or knit etc. Computer input of all kinds Clip, Paste and scan obituary cards (we have approx. 44,000). Log in etc. all incoming museum items
by Vincent Thorpe
He served in the Philippine Islands from 1909 to 1911 and he was on the general staff from 1913 to 1916. After this he served in the Panama Canal Zone for a year and in World War I he commanded the 6th brigade, Third division, American Expedi tionary Force, in the battle of the Marne on July 15, 1918. In 1919, he married. E.M. Miller and retired at the age of 53 because of disabilities. He and his wife had no children Upon returning to Paola for retirement, General Crawford returned to the farm. He was a member of the Paola Presbyterian church and the Mason ic Lodge. He started writing and was the author of two books: “Six Months with the Sixth Brigade” and “Restating Economic Theory”. He was still in terested in military matters and was considered an authority on matters dealing with World War II. He died on Dec. 28, 1945, from an automobile-train accident. He is buried in the Paola cemetery.
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3. Meanwhile, place pistachios in a single layer in a shal low baking pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring once. Set aside. 4. Melt butter in the heavy skillet. Add brown sugar and thyme, stirring over medium heat until sugar is melted. Add drained carrots. Bring just to boiling. Reduce heat and cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat, stirring oc casionally just until well-glazed, about 10 minutes. 5. Transfer carrots to a serving bowl or platter. Sprinkle with toasted pistachios. Makes 10 to 12 servings. From the Test Kitchen • Cook the carrots and toast the pistachios the day before. Glaze and reheat carrots before serving. Butternut Squash Filled with Spinach and Ricotta • 1 2 ½ pound butternut squash • 1 egg • 6 Tbl. coarsely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, divided • 2 Tbl heavy cream • ½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese • ½ tsp coarse salt • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper • Pinch of nutmeg • 1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and water squeezed out • 1 Tbl canola oil Pre heat oven to 400. Cut squash into halves lengthwise. Place, cut sides down, in shallow baking dish. Add 1 inch of water. Bake 40-45 minutes, until tender. Combine egg, 2 Tbl Parmigiano Reggiano, cream, ri cotta, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Stir well. Stir in spinach. Remove squash from oven and turn cut sides up. Scoop out seeds with a spoon. Brush with oil and fill cavities with spinach mixture. Return to oven and bake 20 miinutes or until a knife inserted in spinach mixture comes out barely clean. Let cool 5 minutes. Cut each half lengthwise into halves. Top with remina ing Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Serves 4.
Skillet Scalloped Corn Makes: 8 servings Ingredients • 3 tablespoons butter • 1/2 cup crushed rich round crackers • 2 11 ounce cans whole kernel corn with sweet peppers, drained • 2 7 - 8 3/4 ounce cans whole kernel corn with sweet peppers, whole kernel corn, or white whole ker nel corn (shoepeg), drained • 4 3/4 ounce slices process Swiss cheese, torn • 2/3 cup milk • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder • Dash ground black pepper • 2/3 cup crushed rich round crackers • Snipped fresh basil leaves and/or thinly sliced green onion (optional) Directions 1. For crumb topping, in a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add the 1/2 cup crushed crackers to the skillet. Cook and stir about 3 minutes or until light brown. Remove from skillet; set aside. 2. In the same skillet combine corn, cheese, milk, onion powder, and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes or until cheese melts and mixture is heated through. Stir in the 2/3 cup crushed crackers. Cook and stir about 5 minutes more or until corn mixture is thick ened. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with crumb topping. If desired, sprinkle with fresh basil and/or green onion. Glazed Carrots with Pistachios Makes: 10 to 12 servings Start to Finish 25 mins Ingredients • 3 pounds small carrots with tops • 3 cups water • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/2 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
• 1/2 cup butter (no substitutes) • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh thyme Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Trim carrots, leaving about 1/2-inch tops. Combine water and salt in a 12-inch skillet; bring to boiling. Add carrots; return to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and sim mer for 10 to 12 minutes or until carrots are just tender. Drain carrots in a large colander; set aside.
From the Miami Republican, Paola, Miami County, Kansas, Thursday August 12,1965 $75,000 Loss In Paola’s Big Fire Of 91 Years Ago
(What was undoubtedly Paola's bigger fire in regard to the number of persons and firms affected oc curred 91 years ago, August 6, 1874. The following account appeared in the August 8 issue of The Mi ami Republican, two days following the fire. Accord ing to old timers, the St. Charles Hotel Mood where the Coker Store, building is and the Union Block ad joined it on the east.) Disastrous Fire
to save the property from flames. J. W. Price, druggist, and E. K. Shaw, jeweler, occupied the rooms under the St. Charles and by steady, constant work, nearly all of Mr. Shaw’s stock and most of that in the front room belonging to Mr. Price was removed to a place of safe ty in the Park. Nearly, if not quite all of Mr. Price’s goods in the back room were lost as the fire communicated more rapidly to that part of the building. J. W. Campbell occupied the corner basement room under the St. Charles Hotel as a saloon and succeed ed in removing a portion of the furniture and liquors. Comparatively little however could be secured and the Colonel is a heavy loser. Charles Button’s barber and bath rooms were next east and his effects were removed with a loss of about $20. The First National bank occupied the first room of Union Block on the ground floor and the officers of the bank after removing all valuables from the safe and securing as nearly as possible the office furniture and fixtures found that little time was left them. All the bank papers are safe and the business facilities are unimpaired. W. E. Nicely & Co. with a large stock of dry goods, clothing, boots, shoes, hats, caps, etc, occupied the room next east of the bank and with such a large and varied stock it seemed impossible that much could be done to effect a removal. However, the great mass of goods was removed in good order to a place of safety In the Park. They had many willing workers and it was a matter of surprise that so much could be done. But it was done. The Hoosier Store, occupied the east and remaining room of the Union Block. N. H. Williams, the senior` member of the firm, was absent at Louisburg, but in a short a stream of workers engaged In the removal of the manifold articles comprising the stock of a first class grocery.
Paola's Most Severe Loss ! The St. Charles Hotel and Union Block Burned ! A Large Number of Busi- ness Rooms Destroyed ! Loss, Seventy-five Thousand Dollars
During the past year and a half Paola has been most unfortunate in the matter of fires. The burning of the wooden structures on the northeast and north west corners of the square was looked upon as a great misfortune but was considered as one likely to occur at any time where business houses in close proximity were constructed of entirely of combusti ble material. Of our brick buildings we felt entirely secure, regard ing it as almost impossible that they should or could burn. It was a matter of regret amounting to almost grief when on Thursday morning last, the 6th inst., at about three o’clock the fire alarm rang out and the assembling citizens found the St. Charles Hotel, owned by Messrs. W. G. Krutz and W. R. Wagstaff, the building which was considered the , most se cure, was in a blaze of flames and this feeling deep ened into positive anguish as the fruitless efforts of the firemen to obtain control of the flames became momentarily more evident. From the first it was evident that the hotel was cer tain to go but slight hopes could be entertained re garding the safety of the adjoining building known as the Union Block and owned by Thos. Lester of In diana, Ontario. Canada. The firms occupying this building commenced at once to remove their stocks of goods and for two hours men women worked as rarely they can work
The stables in the alley were in great danger and it was only by the most herculean efforts that they were saved and the spread of the fire in that direction arrested. Fortunately during the conflagration there was no wind or it would have been more widespread and disastrous. As to the cause of the fire there is complete mys tery although abundant surmises. For a time the commonly accepted theory was that it re sulted from the explosion of a coal oil lamp but those about the hotel assert that there was not a light burning in the building and strong suspi cions of incendiarism was entertained by many. Where all, except the very few thieving whelps who took advantage of the situation to steal sup plies of dry goods and provisions, did nobly per sonal mention would not be possible and when it is known that the entire business rooms were cleared of the mass of their contents in about two hours some idea of the extent of the work and faithfulness of the workers may be formed. The Republican office is now in back rooms of DeBerry’s harness and saddlery establishment where it will be in the future be issued and where our three remaining chairs and one type box will afford a resting place for its friends.
The second floor of the Union Block was occupied by Dr. Floyd, dentist; H. S. Campbell, real estate: Sperry Baker, attorney-at law, M. Klassen, merchant tailor: James Kingsley, police judge, and the Republican of fice and on the third floor were the lodge rooms of the Masons and the Odd Fellows. Most of the important items and records were saved. The material of the Republican office was heavy and difficult to move but with the help of many kind friends we were able to get a large part of our type out of the office. Our presses were gotten downstairs as best they could but were badly damaged in the process. The wooden buildings next Union Block were partially torn away and B. F. Gaylor & Son, dealers in boots and shoes, and R. Moore, bar ber, were compared to hastily move at consider able loss. The frame buildings in the rear of the brick block caught fire and were in blaze. At this time it looked as if there was but little hope of ob taining control of the fire and after the post of fice material and its contents had been well se cured the removal of the Spirit office began. In the removal, the type and material of the office suffered great damage.
Photo Service at the Museum, For some time now, Roger Shipman has been touting the photo services available at the museum. If you watched the news lately there has been reports about artificial intelligence or “AI”. There is software containing A.I. now being used to colorize old black & white images and it has been returning beautiful results. I have been using A.I’ for a few months and it does wonders on old black & white images, it also improves colorslides. We can now digitize 8mm & Super 8 mm movie film which can be transfered to DVDs or viewed on your computer. This is in addition to restoration of photos and video transfer to DVD format We can fix damaged pictures, add a person to a group photo or take someone out. Faded out prints can be brought back and made to look like new. Old negatives, color or black & white can be copied and made into prints. Those old dark “Tin Type” images can be revealed to show a sharp image that can be printed or saved onto computer files. I can copy all sizes of negatives color or black & white from the small 110, 35 mm, 120 and up to 4 x 5 inches. Color slides can be copied and made into color prints or copied onto CDs or USB memory stick to view on your computer.
ALL ABOARD If one wanted to take a trip in 1874 from Paola these were some of the options availably. from the Miami Republic 8-8-1874
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