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A Newsletter of the Miami County Historical Museum & Genealogy Society Spring 2018 Volume 33 - No.1 Miami County Historical Museum 12 E. Peoria, Paola, Kansas 66071
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Dear Friends: Hopefully, the snow, ice and cold are about over and things will get back to normal. It’s been very quiet here at the museum - so we hope to see you soon. We have the Black History Story panels on display and are always adding more history to our Indian Room. We plan to have a doll display in early spring. In June we plan to celebrate the Lone Ranger ! We welcome two new members to our Board of Directors - Wes Cole who represents Osawatomie and Kristin Graue who represents Middle Creek. Of course, we are always looking for volunteers - everything from greeting visitors at the front desk, to strong backs to help us move things around, to running the sweeper. Come join us! Colleen Ewan, President
LIBRARY T he Library recently received donations of books, The Godfroy’s Wea and Miami Indians and Their French Fami lies by Brenda Haffner,from Frank and Julia Shaffer of New Castle, Ind. also three volumes of the Kansas Collections from Mr. Younkin, and The Lost Years by Eugene Hayward, a story of Miami Indians in Kansas, from Lloyd Peckman. These books are appreciated for their value for research and history information. I would like to mention that we would still like to get vol umes one thru five in the Kansas Collections. This would make our set complete, but they are the hardest to get. Mildred Haley is still working on scanning and entering the obits on the computer. She is working on the letter L, so you see it will take a while longer.
Library Research The following are walk-in researchers to the library recent ly and surnames or information being researched. Lee Carabajel (Heinrich, Pfannes, Henry, Walters) Michelle Elkins (Amick, Stevenson, Riley, Barker, Krum sick) Aaron Bouscher (John and Mary McKoon) James Kenyon (researching Bucyrus high School for a book) Wayne Harclerode (Crescent Hill school Dist) Herb and Muriel Morgenthaler (Thomas Jefferson Milton and locating Wade in Richland Twp.)
Betty Bendorf , Librarian
These researchers came from the state of Kansas and Iowa.
The Miami County Museum is extremely pleased to accept this generous gift from the children of the Schwartz family in honor of L. M. and Nadine Schwartz. This gift will be an encouragement to all the volunteers and supporters of the museum for their many years of dedication to tell the story of our past and its development to the present day. The Museum hopes to make several immediate addi tions or improvements with the funds. However, the largest portion of the money will be placed in an endowment that will grow with the additional gifts from others of like minds as the Schwartz family. Thus a permanent source of revenue will be available to help meet the continuation of the Museum’s future goals of telling “The Story of Us”. As L. M. Schwartz said in 1978 on the 75th anniversary of Citizens State Bank, “Every person in a business or profession has an obligation to leave his community and profession better than he found it.” With this gift the Schwartz family has again left their footprint on this community. They have fulfilled the goals set forth by L. M. Schwartz in 1978.
Well Done. Thank You.
MINI MINUTES The following are highlights of Director meetings, for your information, and a way to let you (a member) in on the workings of the museum. October Colleen introduced Wes Cole from Osawatomie as the new Director representing City of Osawatomie. Larry discussed the display of Jerry Emberlins Indian arti facts. They are displayed in the Indian Room. Larry also re ported that the flashing for the roof has been repaired. Patsy Bortner commented that the artists paintings in the Art Gallery corner will be rotated. Also that 20% of the pic ture sale will go to the museum. LuAnne reported that our Museum insurance policy is a Hartford policy with Elliott Insurance. Donald Barkhurst wanted some pictures identified. Lois Robertson wants information on Clara (Henry) Collins, a patient in State Hospital. Sherri Brown wants information on Eliza Jones who died in State Hospital in 1897. Cathy Banning wants cemetery record for Sarah Haughey. Helen Bennett is trying to find burial for Samuel and Jane Elizabeth Pottorf of Jingo area. Libby Wagner wants obits for Jonas S and Catherine Weaver. Herb Morgenthaler wants location of farms in area owned by Thomas J. Melton in 1880s. These Queries have been researched by Iris Kluber QUERIES Linda Simons wants more obits from the Maddox family. Lisa Massar is looking for Albert H Waller, a patient at the State Hospital. Saul Arkwright needs obits for Marie and Thomas Laughlin. Meg Pfeiffer wants information on Ursuline and a pic ture of rural school #5.
Hannes Poetter discussed giving up his position as a Direc tor but would continue as Webmaster and continue to keep the internet updated. LuAnne put out the call for volunteers, especially for Tues days and Thursdays. If anyone is interested please contact us. Nina reported that the Township Directors up for election in 2018-2019 have agreed to stay on. Officers for election are President, Colleen Ewan and Secretary, Ann Roark. Elec tion will be at the November meeting. November Hannes Poetter will resign as Director of Middlecreek Twp. because of busy schedules but will stay on as the museums webmaster. He needs new stories and items to update the website and facebook. Nina read the list of officers and Directors up for re-elec tion for 2018-19. Louisburg- Jack Burcham, Marys ville-Mildred Haley, Miami-Nina Gerken, Osage-Ann Davis, Osawatomie-Ben Maimer, Richland-LeAnne Shields, Sugar Creek-Ann Benton, Ten Mile-Patsy Bort ner, Valley-Colleen Ewan, President-Colleen, Secre tary-Ann Roark. It was moved and passed to accept the slate. Colleen reported that she is inspecting and labeling many boxes of artifacts in the back storage room and this will make it much easier to find items. The next meeting will be the Christmas party on Dec 12 from noon to 2p.m. Everyone is to bring finger food and punch will be supplied. December Christmas Party Finger food, chili, coffee and punch were enjoyed by a good turnout. January Donations were received from the Buckman family, from Steven Finch and a sharing gift from the Clorox Co. These donations are much appreciated.
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VOLUNTEER and VISITOR REPORT October 2017through February 2018 Volunteers – 18 Hours – 2,012 Betty Bendorf, Ann Benton, Patsy Bortner, Jim Bous man Vera Dakin, Luanne Debrick, Ed Dennerline, Pat Erickson, Colleen Ewan, Nina Gerken, Mildred Ha ley, Iris Kluber, Larry Lybarger, Lloyd Peckman, Teresa Read, Ann Roark, Leanne Shields and Roger Shipman 3 Board Meetings – Average 12 at each meeting 4th Board meeting was Christmas party Visitors - 156 States Represented – 15 Texas, Georgia, Arkansas, California, Colorado, North Dakota,Massachusetts, Ohio, Indiana, South Carolina, Arizona, Minnesota, Wyoming, Missouri and Kansas VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Front Desk (1/2 or full day), Computer input, Arranging displays, Moving help, Grant writers, Interviewers, History researchers Newsletter Accessions Manager Call the Museum at 913-294-4940 Our e-mail address is: info@think miamicountyhistory.com
ARE YOU WORKING ON YOUR GENEALOGY? ARE YOU HUNTING FOR ANCESTORS? We have people here at the museum that will be glad to help you in your search. You can give us a call (913/294 4940), send us an e-mail (info@thinkmiamicountyhistory. com) or drop by and chat. We are open 10:a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The Museum has reprints of past Newsletters for sale at #2.00 an issue. Patsy Bortner talked about the new Artists Corner here at the Museum. Local artists may display artwork they wish to sell. Heather Wilson of Louisburg Library gave a presenta tion on the celebration of Louisburg’s Sesquicentennial in 2018. The first event is Tales and Treasures, Jan 17 at the Library. Larry reported that he and Jim provided artifacts and dis plays at this event. They are taking orders for a 150 Year history book. LuAnne is working on next years budget and will present it at next meeting. Items stored in Hannes Poetters building for so long has finally been moved to the museum. Also three display cases were brought over. We have been working to make room for them. Hannes resignation as Director was ac cepted. Kirsten Graue has agreed to serve as Director for Middle Creek and her appointment was approved. Pat Erickson advised us she will no longer be able to vol unteer. Pat has volunteered for about 15 years. Bettie Ore is in rehab at North Point for a few weeks.
Schwartz Family contribute to Museum
at Citizens State Bank due to the patronage and friend ship of many people in the area. This contribution is a way to say ‘thank you’ to our friends and customers one more time.” The Schwartz family history in Miami County dates back to 1858, when Wilhelm Jacob Schwartz, a German immigrant known in America as William, arrived in Wea. He had immigrated to the United States in 1856 as an 18 year old with $3.50 in his pocket. He farmed in the Wea area and owned the Inter-State Mercantile Com pany in Louisburg for many years, while also serving as president of the Bank of Louisburg. He moved to Paola in about 1900 when he purchased the Paola Brick and Tile Company. Citizens State Bank was founded by William Schwartz and others in 1903. Citizens was the oldest surviving bank in Miami County when it was merged into Security Bank in 2017. Thomas Edward Schwartz, son of William, moved to Paola in 1910 with his wife Margaret Vohs Schwartz and their children. He was president of Citizens until 1946, navigating the bank through the many challenges of the Great Depression. L.M. Schwartz began working at Citizens in 1935 and served as president for nearly 50 years. He enjoyed a distinguished career as a banker and spent his lifetime championing Paola and Miami County. Among his many accomplishments, he was a co-founder of Lakemary Center in 1969 and he led the fight to save the proposed Hillsdale Lake project from funding cuts by the federal government in the late 1970’s. Nadine Schwartz moved to Osawatomie as a child when her father, William Henry Weber, founded the American State Bank in 1923. Her mother, Margaret Rohrer Weber, raised the children in Osawatomie and served as Chair man of the Board of American State for some years after her husband died suddenly in 1947. Nadine was known as a devoted wife and mother, and her life was joyful ly invested in her children and grandchildren. She had a thirst for knowledge and was also a committed advo cate for education and personal enrichment via travel and culture. She served as president of the Paola Free Library Board from 1979 to 1987, presiding over the first major expansion and renovation of the Library during that time.
Nadine & Lawrence Schwartz
The four living children of L.M. and Nadine Weber Schwartz have made a contribution to the Miami Coun ty Historical Museum in the approximate amount of $100,000. William T. Schwartz of Nashville, TN, Jan S. Peakes of Longboat Key, FL, David J. Schwartz of Prairie Village, KS, and Renee Schwartz Barlow of Louisville, KY, made this donation recently in honor of their late parents. L.M. “Mike” Schwartz, president of the former Citizens State Bank in Paola for many years, died in 2007, while his wife Nadine passed away in 1995. They were the parents of six children, including Lawrence M. Schwartz Jr, who passed away in 2004, and Richard G. Schwartz, who died in 2002. “The Museum is a very valuable resource to the Paola and Miami County communities and the Schwartz fam ily wants to help maintain and expand the Museum in the coming years. The history of Miami County is dis tinguished and must be preserved for the generations to come. With this gift we also want to honor the many people who have invested so much time over the years to make the Museum a resounding success,” said David Schwartz. He added, “The Schwartz family was successful
TELLING OUR STORY As a part of sharing the history of our county and our museum, Jim Bouseman and Larry Lybarger have been busy recently at various events. On Jan. 17 they both participated in an evening at Louisburg City Hall enti tled “Tales & Treasures.” This was an event to share stories and artifacts about the early history of Louis burg. Founded in 1868, Louisburg is preparing to celebrate their 150th centennial. The Louisburg Historical Society under the leadership of Heather Wilson organized the event. Exhibitors shared early editions of the Louisburg Hearald, arti facts of an early sheriff, early businesses and founders of the community. Jim shared displays on early busi ness owners along the main street, copies of the first paper of Louisburg, history of the cannon in the ceme tery, copies of the name change of St. Louis, Kansas to Louisburg, Kansas. Larry shared information on the Wea Indians and their settlement near Louisburg. Artifacts from Christmas and Mary Ann Dagenette and pictures of the Wea/Da genette Indian Cemetery were shown.
On Feb. 13, Jim traveled to Raymore, Missouri to an swer questions about our museum and to share how we are organized and what we offer to our commu nity. The Raymore Historical Society plans to come to Paola soon to see what they might incorporate in their plans for a new museum at Raymore. Larry will share information on Feb. 22nd with the Paola Rotary Club. His topic will be facts about black history of Miami County, as there is a current display on exhibit in the museum. Early migration to what was to be Miami County, stories of George W. Carv er’s presence in Miami County and information on Ex odusters like the community of Nicodemus in West ern Kansas.
Do you remember Paola’s “Blue Lagoon”? For a half century, a doughnut-shaped pond sat just across south from the playground in Wallace Park where baseball fields now sit. An arched bridge led to a small island in the center. In the winter, as it iced over, it was the favored ice skating spot in Paola. It is unclear whether the “lagoon” as it was called was built for “looks” or for flood control. It was filled in during the 1960’s.
Gustavus A. Colton
In 1862 he assisted in organizing the militia de fense of the Kansas border. In 1863 he was with General Jim Lane in the pursuit of Quantrill in Mis souri after the Lawrence massacre. In 1864 Colton was elected Colonel of the 5th Kansas Militia de fending Kansas against Price’s Raid. He fought in the Battle of Westport and the pursuit of the Con federate army. The 5th Kansas was disbanded on October 29, 1864. G.A. Colton continued his service to the State and Miami County when he was elected to the State Senate. For many years he participated in public affairs promoting the welfare of Paola. Gustavus A. Colton died in July 1894 and is buried in the Paola cemetery.
by jim Bousman Gustavus A. Colton was born at Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont October 20, 1828. His Grandfather was a Yale graduate and a minister of great distinction. His father was a printer, news paper editor and public servant. G. A. Colton’s early life was spent in Vermont and New Hamp shire. Growing up on a farm in Illinois he had very limited means of education. Naturally studious and ambitious to acquire knowledge, he virtual ly educated himself. In 1854 he immigrated to Kansas, settling at what became Stanton, Lykins County. (Hiram V. Beeson, Ezra W. Robinson, and Gustavus A. Colton formed a town company. They named the town - Stanton.) He was employed in various pursuits until the spring of 1860, when he purchased the Southern Kansas Herald, then pub lished at Osawatomie. Colton moved the Herald to Paola, where he published the paper for 8 years. In the summer of 1857 Colton was chosen as a del egate to the Grasshopper Falls (today Valley Falls) Free-State convention and took decided action in favor of a vigorous campaign to have free-state men vote in the election. In November, 1857, Colton was elected Assistant Secretary of the Ter ritorial Council, and was re-elected at its regular session in 1858 and 1859. In the spring of 1858 he was elected and served as a delegate to the Terri torial Constitutional Convention. Again in 1859 he was elected to the State Territorial Convention. As member of the Territorial House, he was elected Speaker. In 1860, Colton was appointed Probate Judge of Lykins County. In April 1861 he resigned the po sition of Probate Judge to attend the State Legis lature. There, he was active in the appointment of S. C. Pomeroy and James H. Lane to the United States Senate. On May 1, 1861 President Lincoln appointed Colton as Indian Agent to the Confeder ated Tribes of Peoria, Piankashaw, Kaskaskia, Wea and Miami Indians. Colton administered this of fice for 8 years.
Gustavus A. Colton
FROM TEPEE TO VP C harles Curtis, Kaw Indian, became our 31st Vice President of the United States in 1929. He was born in Topeka (1860) on Kaw Indian Reservation lands along the Kansas River. One of his great-great-great grandfathers was White Plume, a Kaw chief who assisted Lewis & Clark. His mother died when he was three and he was raised by his mother’s parents. He learned French and Kansa prior to knowing English. His father, who was white, had remarried and served in the Civil War, but was not active in Charles’ early life. He went to Council Grove, living with his mother’s parents on the Kaw Reservation. He learned to shoot arrows and learned the games of young Indian boys.
full-fledged jockey at his grandfather’s race track. He was a successful jockey and won many races and was known as “The Indian Boy.” However his guardian grandparents deemed he should do better than be a jockey at the race track with all its gambling and other vices. So they enrolled him in Topeka schools and he did well, eventually graduat ing from Topeka High School. His grandfather died in 1873, and he considered going to live with his mother’s parents again, who at this time were living on the Kaw Reservation in Oklahoma. The Kaw Indi ans had been moved from Council Grove to Oklahoma. But his grandmother encouraged him to further his education in order to improve his prospects in life. So heremained in Topeka rather than go to Oklahoma. When he was offered a position of Jockey in the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial his grandmother said no and he returned to school. Working as a custodian and as a hack driver he saved funds to attend law school. In 1881, at age 21 he was admitted to the Kansas bar. He also had inherited some lands along the Kaw River in North Topeka, and with that he starting selling real estate and building on his lands whilepracticing law. He married and eventually had three children. He began his career in pol itics as a Republican and in 1884 was successful in being elected Shawnee County Attorney. He gained great reputa tion as a “law and order prosecutor”, even helping to close his own family owned saloon due to the prohibition laws that had been passed. In 1889 he ran for the U. S. Representative, but lost by 1 ote. He continued to pursue politics and worked with Wil liam Allen White who was most impressed with his smile
A much younger Charls Curtis
After a few years he returned to Topeka for formal educa tion and lived with his father’s parents, William and Par melia Curtis.Charles was an excellent rider and became a
President Calvin Coolidge, his wife Grace and Charles Curtis riding in their inaugural parade
and charming personality. White, saying “never had he met anyone who could charm a hostile audience as effectively as did Curtis.” In 1892, he was elected to the U S House despite an overwhelming victory of the opposite party in the election in Kansas that year. National Republican lead er Thomas Reed took a liking to Curtis, “The Indian” and made him one of his party leaders. As a leader in the House he impressed others with his skills and insight. He spent lots of his efforts on the Committee of Indian Affairs.
By early 1907 Curtis was elected a Kansas Senator. He was active in tariff laws and Republican agendas. In 1918 he led the floor fight for the 19th Amendment that would eventu ally give women the right to vote. He was head of the Kan sas delegation to the 1920 National Convention that would nominate Warren Harding His leadership in politics gave him recognition through the Harding and Coolidge years. As a Senator from Kansas he was very able and successfu in getting desired legislation passed. He earned the title of Majority Leader. He began to aspire to the office of Pres ident. In 1924, when Coolidge withdrew from seeking re election, Curtis considered running for president. However, his wife became very ill and died later that summer, thus he chose to suspend his efforts. In 1928 he was given the nod to be a Vice-Presidentialrunning mate of Herbert Hoover. Many had support Curtis for President,but Hoover had won the nominationand selected him as his best choice to help the ticket. They won and Curtis spent his four years as Vice-President presiding in the Senate and was “declared the most competent man in Congress” so exclaimed many newspapers. 1932 brought defeat to the Hoover/Curtis team as the Depression had ended the Republican control of Congress and the Presidency. He remained in Washing ton after the defeat, practicing law and working politics. He was described by some as being “part Kaw and one-hun dred per cent Republican” He died in 1936, having served as the most successful Native American politician to date.
by Larry Lybarger,
Charles Curtis presenting an award to Amelia Earhart
New Director for Middle Creek Township Kristin Graue and her husband Stephen Graue have lived on their farm south of Louisburg since 1995. Kristin retired at the beginning of 2016 and is still working hard at the historic New Lancaster General Store and Middle Creek Winery, which she and Stephen own. Kristin loves history, music and her five grandkids. Kristin grew up in Salina, KS and graduated from K-State; she also earned a Masters degree from Rockhurst University. She has been a member of the Museum and looks forward to joining the Board of Directors. Antique Dolls & Kid Gloves for Miami County Museum I inherited this small collection of antique dolls from my mother, Laura Mae Cooper Larson, who was born and raised near Osawatomie, Ks. The most significant doll in the collection is the one in the blue dress, in the center of the display case. This doll was carried to Kansas on a covered wagon by my grandmother, Frances Elizabeth Rice Cooper, when (as a child) her family settled in the area. The doll has blue eyes and black hair, just like my grandmother. As a young woman, she (Frances Elizabeth) opened a millinery shop in the Kansas City, Kansas area where she fashioned ladies hats as a tradeswoman. I have a photo of my grandmother wearing one of her hats, which I hope to find and gift to the Museum someday. When she died we found this box of kid gloves in her attic and believe that they may have been affiliated with her business in the millinery store. When she met my grandfather, Garfield Cooper, they married and she closed her store and settled on a small farm near Osawatomie where they lived and raised my mother, Laura Mae Cooper Larson. My grandparents lived in Miami County until they died. I believe that both my mother an grandmother would be pleased that these items are at home in the Miami County Museum. Frances Dudley
Frances Dudley of Topeka donates her mother’s doll collection These dolls will be shown with many others later this year when the museum puts on a doll display
DEATH OF A GOOD MAN The death of Father Adair, one of Miami County’s old est settlers and best citizens, occurred Tuesday, De cember 27, at his old homestead, one mile west of Osawatomie, where he resided almost continuously since 1855. Of recent years he grew quite feeble and his son Charles and family lived with him, cared for him and managed the farm. Rev. Samuel L. Adair was born in Ross Co. Ohio, April 22, 1811. Until he was seventeen years of age he lived on a farm. He served a five years’ apprenticeship at wagon making and blacksmithing. At the age of twen ty-two he entered the Western Reserve College, but on account of his pronounced anti-slavery views, he left the college and completed his studies, graduating in 1838. He also took a regular course at the Congre gational theological college and was ordained a minis ter of the gospel in 1841. Rev. Adair was married at Hudson, Ohio, November 24, 1841, to Florella Brown, daughter of Owen Brown, the champion of freedom. He first preached at San dyville and Bolivar, Ohio from where he removed to Dundee, Michigan, preaching there two and one half years. In 1845 he went to Maumee City, where he spent five years, during two of which he was princi ple of the schools. Removing from there to LaFayette, Ohio, he filled the pulpit for five years and in the fall of 1854 started for Kansas, spending the winter in Kanas City. The following year he came to this county and pre-empted the claim where he died. He organized the Congregational church of Osawatomie in 1856 and was its pastor continuously for thirty-eight years.
At the battle of Osawatomie he and John Brown were in the midst of the fight. He experienced all the hard ships of the early border warfare, and during the late war he was appointed by the government chaplain of the general hospital of Kansas, serving two years. He was trustee for the Osawatomie insane asylum from 1867 to 1873. In 1876 he was appointed chaplain of the asylum, serving in that capacity many years. Rev. Adair’s entire life was spent in doing good for his fellow men, and while he was not rich in earthly possessions, he was richer than any, and earned the reward that is in store for him. Mrs. Adair died in Leavenworth in 1865, while Rev. Adair was in that city on business in connection with Christian work. The funeral services were held in his church at Osawat omie Wednesday afternoon. He leaves three children, Charles S. Adair and Mrs. J. B. Remington of Osawat omie and Mrs. Thomas Fleming of Williams, Arizo na. From Maimi Republican, December 30, 1898, p.3. The following articles first appeared in a Miami County Historical Quarterly Twenty-Two years ago.
Samuel Adair and wife, Florella
Wash Day 1916 – from Progressive Farmer, March 1974 A Kentucky grandmother gave a new bride the following “receipt” for washing clothes. It appears below just as it was written and despite the spelling, has a bit of philosophy. 1. Bilt fire in back yard to heet kettle of rain water. 2. Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert. 3. Shave one whole cake lye soap in bilin’ water. 4. Sort things, make 3 piles, 1 pile white, 1 pile collored, 1 pile work britches and rags. 5. Stir flour in cold water to smooth, then thin down with bilin’ water. 6. Rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, then bile. Rub collored, don’t bile, just rinch and starch. 7. Take white things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then rinch and starch. 8. Hang old rags on fence. 9. Spread tee towels on grass. 10. Pore rinch water on grass. 11. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. 12. Turn tubs upside down. 13. Go put on house dress, smooth hair with side combs, brew cup of tee, sit and rest and rock a spell, and count blessings. In the fall of 1865 a party of nine men, with their wives and families left New Douglas, Ill., and came by wagon to Miami County, arriving here October 20 of that year. There were in the party Peter Lowe and family, W. F. Edwards and family, Robert Gregg and family, George Laws and family, James Jones and family, Mr. Hittle and family and others whose names do not recur to memory. All the men and women who were in that party are dead except Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Edwards who removed to California two weeks ago, and Mrs. Robert Gregg, who lives in Chanute. W. A Lowe of Middle Creek Township, who was then a boy of eight years, is the oldest one of the children who came with the party who now lives in the county. With what fond hopes and bright prospects those young husbands and wives --- for all were then young --- with their little families faced the west as they left their Illinois home. And what promise the beautiful fertile prairies of Kansas held out to them. They endured many hardships, as all pioneers everywhere do, but they faced them bravely, and the joy of life in the new country brought happiness and contentment. They helped build up Miami County into one of the richest portions of this great State, and most of them died and were buried here amidst the scenes of their best endeavor, leaving the memories of lives well lived and deeds well done. Hang this above your automatic washer. When things look black, read again. A MEMORY OF THE PAST
All this reminds us of how fleeting is life --- how near the end is to the beginning.
(from Miami Republican, Oct. 11, 1912, f. page)
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER TOWN The Anatomy of a Circus An autobiography by James R. Patterson A history of the Great Patterson Shows when the circus maintained winter quarters in Paola. Tax included price is $28.00
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The Busy Life of Sarah Everett S arah Everett was an Osawatomie pioneer who shared a bit of her day in an October 27, 1857 letter to “Cynthia,” which makes the description a “busy mom” an understatement. Everett writes, “If the baby will be quiet long enough I will answer the question in your last letter. John got back from Lecompton as we may have written in some previous letter. We both came through the trail unscathed by either the “winds or the wolves.” And what do you think of me, I have to stay two nights every week and not that but I have three cows to milk besides pigs to feed and chickens to take care of and crying babies to look after.” by Grady Atwater
Adding to Sarah Everett’s work load was made more challenging by the fact that she had become ill, and as she anticipated the symptoms of her ague[ a form of Malaria] getting worse, she was planning ahead, and wrote, “And just now if all this were too little the chills have set in, so with all the rest of my duties I am com pelled to shake every other day- getting in from the field and boiling sufficient pumpkin for the pig- keep ing the cows up so that I may be able to milk early be fore my chills come on fixing food for Franky to help himself to &c. “ However, Sarah’s primary concern was the welfare of her child, and she wrote, “Baby will have the hardest time and I don’t know just how he can be managed – hope this state of affairs won’t last a great while. “
Sarah Everett also had to contend with dealing with wild animals, and took the presence of wolves around her cabin, but took the wolves in stride, and stated, “We have no dangerous wild beast that I know of. Prairie Wolves are not dangerous and those are the ones who howl around our lone cab ins. “Sarah Everett then addressed the reality that Osawatomie’s and Miami County’s pioneers lived in isolated cabins with a calm demeanor that illus trates the courage of the pioneers, “We are not so very far from our neighbors only ½ a mile and we have far more companions among tame beasts than wild ones.”
Sarah Everett enjoyed living on the Kansas frontier, and was the embodiment of the power of a positive attitude, and wrote “and as to hardships Kansas has less of them than many older countries- that however depends in a great measure on the way we look at things – Things that would have been to me unendurable in Steuben are only a little disagreeable here simply because I like Kansas and didn’t like Steuben and I am sure that you would find few hardships were you to come here also.” Sarah Everett was a brave pioneer who endured great hardships to settle Osawato mie and Miami County, and we owe her and the other mothers who reared children on the frontier and helped to establish Osawatomie and Miami County a debt of gratitude and respect.
Louisburg Sesqicentennial 2018 In recognition of Louisburgs sesquicentennial the museum has discovered on the Internet a website that has numerous articals gleaned from the Louisburg Hearld. We will print them as they appear.
All information which appears here is attributed to The Louisburg Herald.
The house owned by W. H. Brewer, about five miles south east of Louisburg, was destroyed by fire last Friday evening. The Crusaders met with their Sunday School teacher, Mrs. C. F. Johnson, last Saturday evening. Attendees were Dale Reed, Cyrus Aiken, Johnnie Hart, John McCarter, Winfred McElheny, and Patsy Sloan. Jamie Sloan and Wayne Starry were guests. Evelyn Boyle and Miriam Johnson assisted in entertaining. Lee Raines, Charles Der, Charles Kelly, Harold Woosley and Allen Dalry mple were not present, but there was a full attendance of every pupil in the class on Sunday morning.
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From the February 13, 1913 Louisburg Herald
The City Meat Market has filled its ice house Friday and Saturday with 8 ½” ice. Fifty-five tons were stored away in the house in the rear of the meat shop. Mr. Weir says “This will supply our trade until sometime in July, after which we will ship from Paola another carload.” (Note: The ruins of this ice house are presumably those located on the bluff on the south side of Rabbit Creek, about 1/8th mile west of Metcalf.) The obituary of Phillip F. Latimer is published. Mr. Latimer was one of the early settlers in Louisburg, having arrived in 1864. Miss Loveday Whitaker hosted a U. T. Club meeting Fri day evening. The girls were told to come dressed as they pleased and they would have the privilege of doing as they pleased. There wasn’t much embroidery work done. Club members present were: Esther McDowell, Gertrude Moody, Anna Miller, Jessie Jones, Nellie Weir, Zelda Crosley, Florence McClintock, Ethel Wilson, LaVern Wilson, Frank Whitaker, and Anna Hazelton. The invited guests were the Misses Ella Marscham of Paola, Nelle Moore, Pearl Baker, and Bell Barker. Little Guy Wayman, nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Stan ley Wayman, was operated on last Friday for a mastoid abscess. The operation was performed by Dr. Hartzler of Kansas City and Dr. J. V. Ferrel of Louisburg at the Swedish Hospital at Kansas City, Missouri. Miss Edith Nesselrode spent the past week in Kansas City working in the millinery wholesale house. Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Powell of Chicago, Illinois came Mon day to attend the funeral of her father, P. F. Latimer and returned home yesterday afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Windisch announce the birth of a lit tle daughter, Friday, Jan. 31 St, which they have christened Elanore Anabel.
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on toast for breakfast. (Note: Time really does fly. Now it’s 67 years ago.) The obituary of 51-year-old Somerset resident Harry Mor gan is published. Harry was the husband of Ruby Charlotte Little and stepfather of Patricia (Little) Schmid. Towne’s Market advertises Butternut or Wonder bread— two loaves for 29 cents. Eddie Chapman, Stewart Hink and Stephen Hink are hon ored Feb. 6th. at a banquet held at Glenwood Manor hotel in Overland Park for having attained the rank of Eagle Scout this year. From The Purple and White: Last Friday, both the A and B basketball teams were de feated by Paola on the Panthers’ home court. Earlier, the freshman squad also lost to Paola, 30-25. (Marvin) Dibben and (Lanny) Smith led the scoring with 9 and 8 points, re spectively. Those who are ill: Clifford Urton has been quite ill at his home, suffering from a kidney infection. J. S. Rosner continues to improve at Providence Hospital in Kansas City. Homer Steger entered the K.U. Medical Center Sunday for major surgery Thursday. Mrs. Estella Burns was dismissed from the K.U. Medical Center and is staying at the home of Miss Vera Burns in Kansas City. In her column Rambling On, Viola Reynolds writes: Thought garnered from a sermon was passed on to me and From an exchange paper I see in the Farlinville items (a very small town in Linn County, northeast of Mound City), “A wood sawing was held last Friday afternoon for all the elderly people of that community.” All the brotherly love hasn’t gone out of all people yet, I guess. (Note: Viola and her husband, Bob, were the owners of The Louisburg Herald at that time.) A few typical advertisements from that issue appear below: I give it to you: “An infidel is a person who has no invisible means of support.” Valentine’s Day poems appear: To Miss Hattaway: If I were a head of lettuce, I’d cut myself in two; I’d give the leaves to all my friends, And save the heart for you. --From Senior Girls
From the February 14, 1963 Louisburg Herald Rev. John P. Dunnivan has been appointed pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church. Floyd “Bill” Massey received burns on his hands and ab domen in a workplace accident at the Panhandle Eastern plant. He was treated by Dr. Melvin Masterson and will re turn to work in about a week. Two pilots with connections to Louisburg died in crashes: Dale Abney, 31-year-old nephew of Mrs. Floyd Richardson of Louisburg, was killed in a plane crash near Winnemucca, Nevada on January 29 th. Dale was born in Somerset and his family moved to Wash ington in 1937. U.S. Navy Lt. Robert S. Eberhart and his crew of 13 men were killed last Wednesday when the Lockheed P3 Orion anti-submarine warfare plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 230 miles southeast of New York. Lt. Eberhart was the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Greves and the grand-nephew of Mrs. B. C. Starry, Mrs. Ada White, and Mrs. Anna Aiken. Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hahn of Trier, Germany announce the birth of their daughter, Rita Sue. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Lee announce the birth of a son on Feb. 8 th. Rev. Rodney Stanbro will be leaving the Assembly of God Church to become the pastor of the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Wichita. Rev. Stanbro of Lamar, Mo. and Rev. Wayne Neal of Drexel conducted an evangelistic reviv al meeting in a ten in the city park in Louisburg in August 1956 which resulted in the formation of the Assembly of God Church in Louisburg. The contractor who will lay the sewer lines was in town Monday and part of the equipment is here and it looks like things will be going before long. The only sour note is that the contractor stated he will not hire local union labor un less they want to work for wages under the scale. Too bad a situation like that exists. (Note: I thought the sewer line project occurred several years prior.) Time passes very rapidly. It hardly seems possible that World War II was some 17 years ago. Even heard of an ex-GI who lets his wife serve him chipped beef In The Devil’s Column, Editor Bob Reynolds writes:
(Note: Carol’s Beauty shop was owned by Carol (Knecht) Grandon.)
25 years ago From the February 18, 1988 Louisburg Herald
mons Gun Co. in Olathe.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Blair announce the engagement of their daughter, Penny, to Bryan Herbert of Stanley. A June 18 wedding ceremony is planned. Becky Sirdoreus and Mendy Rinehart, both graduates of LRHS, have been chosen as candidates for the Fort Scott Community College Winter Sports Homecoming Queen. Three Louisburg students, 8th grader Alison Knox and Freshmen Amy Davidson and Cheri Gardner, competed at a piano festival held at Baker University last Saturday. All three are students of Ardith Robertson.
10 years ago From the February 5, 2003 Louisburg Herald
Winter Homecoming takes place this Friday when the Wild cats host Anderson County. Candidates Liz Albright, Jennifer Donner, Charlty(?) Frech and Marlo Holt are pictured, along with their escorts Coo per Link, Nick Skuban, Jarrett Dunn and Brett Bowes.
A groundbreaking ceremony is to be held Sunday, Feb. 16 for the new Louisburg Assembly of God Church, which will be located at 840 N. Metcalf. John and Marie Adams of Louisburg announce the engage ment of their daughter, Heather Jo, to Patrick Scott Vincent of Topeka. A June 21st wedding at Topeka Bible Church has been set. The obituary of Arnold W. Barnes of Spokane, Wash ington appears. Mr. Barnes was the son of Arnold and Stella Barnes and brother of Fred Barnes. He founded the National Furniture Company in 1960 and served as its Pres ident for over 40 year
Birth announcements include: Jay and Brenda Blythe announce the arrival of a son, Bran don Michael. David and Elaine Gangel of Albuquerque announce the birth of a daughter, Regan Elisabeth. Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Hardesty announce the engagement of their daughter, Marsha Lynn, to Jimmie Ray Adams of Baxter Springs. A June wedding is planned. Miss Hardesty teaches second grade at Louisburg Elementary Middle School. Mr. Adams is employed at Sim
Odds and Ends from 1935 The following appeared in the Phil Thomas’ From the Past columns that appeared in the Feb. 18, 1988 Louisburg Herald, containing news items from 1935: May 16 Louisburg’s population is now 667. Little Harvey Joe McCarter, 15 months old, was saved by his whining dog when he fell off a porch into a barrel of water. When the mother heard the dog making a racket, she looked in time to pull the little fellow out and revive him. June 13 Carl Newland severed a toe while trimming a tree. The toe was sewn back onto the foot. The marriage of Hannah Brevick to George Lowlor is an nounced.
The Arnold Barnes family furnished the music at Osawato mie for the VFW program. The family members are Arnold, Stella, Fred, Helen, Arnold Jr. and Jim Dauwe.
R. S. Handley is to be the new high school principal.
July 11 A 9 ½ pound boy is born to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Gangel. He has been named John Thomas. August 1 The death of Clifford Kern is noted. He received the full 21 Pasteur treatments, but to no avail. (Note: Clifford Kern was the 11-year-old son of Oda and Edith Kern. He was bitten by a rabid dog. ¬
Miami County Publications--Inventory Clearance Sale TOMORROW IS ANOTHER TOWN The Anatomy of a Circus An autobiography by James R. Patterson A history of the Great Patterson Shows when the circus maintained winter quarters in Paola All the following publications will have sales tax, postage & handling added to the listed price Family Histories and Stories of Miami County, Kansas, 1987 VOL I Beagle, Block, Cashman, Daganett, Debrick, Fontana; Frank, Greenvalley, Herman, Highland, Hodges, Indianapolis, Jingo, Lessenden, Mannen, Miami, County Poor Farm, Mound Creek/Mount Nebo, New Hope, New Lancaster, Rock ville, Settle, Spring Grove, Stanton, Whiteford and Wilson-Raymer Hardback (Reprint) $15.00 Cemeteries of Miami County, Vol. II (north 1/3 of county ) 1 copy Antioch, Ayers, Bucyrus, Old Marysville, Hillsdale (old & new), Louisburg (old & new), Pleasant Valley, Rock Creek, Scott’s Valley, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Wagstaff, Wea, Holy Rosary, (Lane & Shively in Franklin Co.) $20.00 Cemeteries of Miami County, Vol. III 1 copy Paola City, Osawatomie City, Holy Trinity, Memorial Gardens and 1990 updates for all cemeteries Hardback $30.00 (Glenwild & Sharen in Cass Co.) All cemetery books are available on a CD that must be read with a computer. The contents are in the PDF format that is search-able with Adobe reader. You can find a grave location in just a second. All CDs are $15.00 each Illustrated Historical Atlas of Miami County, 1901 or 1927 Photocopies of the original Atlas includes many pictures and ownership maps of the county Softback $15.00 Index of Taxpayers of Miami County, 1878 Lists of land owners or residents $3.00 The Story of Paola, 1857-1950 by McLachlin Softback Part 1 and Hardback Part 2 with Index to both parts Sold as a set $19.50 Softback Part 1 $5.00 index only for original book owners $5.00 Barns of Miami County, Kansas New Publication Tax included price $ 28.00 plus P&H New Publication Tax included price $ 28.00 plus P&H DVD now available Reduced Now only $20.00 Family Histories and Stories of Miami County, Kansas, 1998 VOL II Excess Inventory Sale $20.00 plus Cemeteries of Miami County, Vol. I (rural south 2/3 of county)-CD ONLY Hardback
457 old barns in full color 136 pages $20.00 WW I Letters Home by Jim Bousman $25.00
Paola 150 Year Timeline on DVD $20.00
Paola in 2nd. Half of the 20th Century by Ross, $5.00 -Great Book! Good Buy!! Cliff Wright’s, World War II For One, $18.51 and Kansas Folklore $21.80 And So It Began by Bettie Garrison Ore The Miami County Historical Society 1965-1980 price $2.00 Lest We Forget (List of Osawatomie Alumni) $5.00
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Paving the Way to Heritage Walk A feeling of community spirit and support is growing in Paola . Paola's historic district, the downtown square and the park, is the focal point of Paola. The Heritage Walk is located in the center of the park near the gazebo; it provides a unique opportunity for you to memorialize a relative or a former/current resident of our community with a brick engraved with their name added to the hundreds already placed in the Walk . The Park was given to the City of Paola by Baptiste Peoria when the town was founded . He specified that the Park must be used as a park forever. Over the years the Gazebo, the fountain, the sidewalks, and landscaping has been added to the park. Children's play equipment and benches were added so that families could enjoy spend ing time in the park. Engraved bricks may be placed individually, or may be grouped for family members,school classes, etc . Each brick may have two lines engraved with 14 letters and spaces on each line. Holidays and birthdays are the perfect times to order a brick for that 'hard to suit' person on your list or a way to assure that relative or friend will never be forgotten in Paola. You may request an application at: email@example.com or you may download the application at www.paola chamber .org or you may pick up an application at Miami County Historical Museum at 12 East Peoria Street (913) 294-4940 or at the Paola Chamber of Commerce at 6 W. Peoria Street (913) 294-4335. Please mail your completed application(s) along with a check for $30 for each brick requested to Miami County Historical Museum at 12 East Peoria Street Paola, KS 66071. We will notify you when your application(s) has been received, and the brick(s) will be installed as soon as possi ble . Each brick may have 2 lines with 14 letters and spaces. Brick 1 Brick __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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