2023 Fall Newsletter

Miami County Historical Newsletter 2023 Fall

The 2023 Fall Edition Newsletter of the MIAMI COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

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Officers and Directors 2023

Gift Corner

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President- Jana Harrington Barcus

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Queries -Volunteers List Kansas History by Vince Miami Tribe Presentation

Vice President- Wes Cole Secretary- Ann Benton Treasurer- Vincent Thorpe Librarian - LeAnne Shields

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Notice To The Membership The Miami County Historical Museum member Pg 9-10 Repatriation, Peruvian Pots Pg 11 Colleen Ewan Birthday Pg 12 Christmas Tree Lighting Pg 13 Gene Morris Collections Pg 14 Obituary Oddities Pg 15 1923 Miami Republic News Pg 16 WW II Recipes Pg 17 2023 Accessions Pg 18 The Perfect Marriage Pg 19 Persimmon Treats Pg 20 Posters Pg 21 Publications for sale Pg 22 Heritage Walk Bricks Pg 23 From the Past Secretary Report Pg 8

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

Wea Township - Iris Kluber

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Miami County Historical Museum 12 East Peoria, Paola, Kansas 66071-0123

A Newsletter of the Miami County Historical Museum & Genealogy Society Fall 2023 Volume 39- No.2 Miami County Historical Museum 12 E. Peoria, Paola, Kansas 66071 Phone: 913-294-4940 E-Mail: micomuseum@gmail.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. Financial 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

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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

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2023 Museum Volunteers

QUERIES Stan Grout wants pictures of Paul Mabes Market and Adolph Wishorp Grocery Lita Wallace was looking for records for the Mayes and Wright families. She also hopes to locate assassin pages for William and Sarah Mayes in 1885 and 86 in Middle Creek Township. Marci Schuley wants to visit and see any items we have from the McGrath family. Lance M. Warren wants info and pictures of water works in early 1900 Paola. Judy Sheldon would like any land records for Waddy Zebedine Thompson; post-Civil War. Australian Researcher looking for death and burial records for Thomas Shillinglaw who lived in Paola in about 1880. Andrea Terialies wants death info on Anna Elizabeth Frisby Eales. Beth Cody wanted a picture of the Grotto at Ursuline grounds. For canning or freezing 4 ½ cups sugar 1cup cornstarch 2 teaspoons Cinnamon ¼ teaspoons nutmeg 51/2 to 6 cups tart apples pealed & sliced 3 Tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 2 to 3 drops food coloring your choice In a large saucepan blend first four ingredients & 1 tsp salt Stir in 10 cups water. Cook and stir until thick and bubbly, add lemon juice and food coloring. Pack apples tightly in jars or freeze boxes pour mixture over apples covering completely. Can or freeze Apple Pie Mix By Elsie Cordle

Jana Harrington - Barcus Ann Benton Vincent Thorpe Lloyd Peckman Elsie Cordell Roger Shipman Christy Doherty Pamela Hennigh Don Tappan Jake Wilson Trinity Greene Fred Koup Bill Barcus Ellie Moffitt Becky Thorpe Nichole Fossett Sheriff Department Rob George Patsy Bortner Gary McCoy Brian McCauley Kristi Curtis Ann Davis M’Liss Thorpe - Curry Mary Stephenson-Pepoon Phil Reka

Wes Cole

LuAnne Debrick LeAnne Shields

Iris Kluber NinaGerkin

Gordon Geldhoff Beth Wilson Jadan Dean Best Kathy Peckman Sheila Tappan Sheila Wilson Diane Hanson Ron Smith Linda Koup Billy Lane Barcus

Howard John Wenger

Jeff Hartl

Wesley Fossett Audrianna Ghareeb Leigh Grandon - House Deanne Daganet Shannera McCoy

Donna McCoy Gene Morris Chance Wilson

Trisha Wilson Please call Jana at 913-333-2657 if you volunteered & are not on our list for2023. Thank You

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KANSAS MUD Roads were a lot different back in the mid - 1800s. No two- lane blacktop, four lane paved, or turnpikes. The only thing a horse could pull it’s wagon over was grass, dirt, or in rainy weather—MUD. If you were lucky enough to have grass in your yard, you may not have had such a problem unless you had bare ground for a garden. This aspect of life seemed to affect John James Ingalls so much that he wrote a letter to his fa ther about this very thing. Ingalls was a Kansas sena tor from 1873 to 1891. The following is his letter. “The worst feature here in Kansas is the mud. It is incomparable; in the mud line it is perfect triumph slippery as lard, adhesive as tar, cumulative as a mi ser’s gold, and treacherous as hope, it forms a com pound unique and peculiar that defies description. There are three colors (black, red, and clay), differing in no respect except chromatically. It sticketh closer than a brother, entering every crevice, and then accu PAOLA’S MILITARY POST This U.S. Army Post was located in Miami County. It was located in the area of what is now College and Tow er St. and it was established around December 1861. It was one of the more important posts for the union because it was established along the Kansas-Missouri border during the Civil War. In 1863, it was designated a district headquarters, but later in December 1864, it was moved to a sub-district headquarters. This came about because the district headquarters was moved to Lawrence, Kansas. The post always had some im portance because it was on the military road that ran through Paola from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Gibson. Some of the past commanders were Lieut. Col. Wil liam R. Judson, Major Thomas Kennedy, Col. Edward Lynde, and others including Col. Thomas Moonlight. During the Civil War the number of troops varied sev eral times at the post. It was temporarily abandoned at one time and that resulted in a raid by some Con federate guerillas in 1863. This happened the same day that William Quantrill led his men on a raid to Lawrence. The few troops that were at the post heard that Quantrill was then moving south towards Paola so they moved into Paola to defend the town. With nobody at the post, William T. Anderson (later named “Bloody Bill Anderson”) took some men into the post to steal supplies as it was well stocked.

Vincent Thorpe

mulating in varied laminae and strata, many shaped and many colored, that can neither be kicked off nor scraped off, nor in any way avoided. It dries as hard as a mortar wall. A brush glides over it as it would a lapstone or the Farnese Hercules, leaving a hammer and an old case-knife the only resource. The usual method of cleaning boots here is to take them by the straps and bang them against a brick wall. It is quite efficacious, the only objection being that would soon bury the house as effectually as Vesuvius did the city of Pompeii. I have an idea that they (the boots) might be put in a large vat and boiled with great success, the notion having been suggested to me by the fact that our drinking water here looks and tastes very much as if the operation had been performed in it.” Kansas has a state bird (meadowlark), state flow er (sunflower), state tree (cottonwood), state insect (honey bee), and believe it or not a state soil (Harney silt loam). This must be the MUD. In 1864 Confederate Maj. Gen. Sterling Price was raiding Missouri and that caused Paola’s Post to get more active. Men were moved in and out of the post during the month of October. It was feared that Price’s army would raid the post because it had con siderable amount of supplies. When Price was de feated at the Battle of Westport he retreated south along the Kansas-Missouri border and passed within 10 miles of Paola. The post still had a few troops to defend the area, but they would have been no match for Price if he would have come to Paola. During the remainder of the Civil War, the post had usually one to three companies of soldiers. In August or September of 1865, the post was deacti vated because the Confederate guerrillas finally laid down their arms the previous June 1865.

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Museum Presentation Paid Respect to The Miami Tribe The November event honored Native American Heritage Month and was presented by Miami County native and the current Miami Nation Princess, Shannera McCoy, and volunteer museum staff member, Jeanne Dagenet. Together they presented information which served to respect, recognize and remember the tribe for which our county is named. The Miami tribe arrived in what is now Miami County 177 years ago. They were one of several tribes referred to as the "emigrant" tribes that were removed from their Indiana sacred lands along the Wabash River and relocat ed to eastern Kansas to make room for the westward expansion of white settlers. History has it that the Miami people sang their death songs the day soldiers showed up with guns and bayonets. On November 4, 1846, the group of 325 people arrived at Westport Landing (in current day Kansas City, Missou ri) and then traveled to the Miami camp along Little Sugar Creek in eastern Kansas. Topics covered included the life of the Miami people before the removal, the 1830 removal act, the 1846 remov al, a second removal to Oklahoma in 1867 and the current Miami Nation of Oklahoma. Shannera McCoy then discussed the revitalization of the tribe which today numbers over 7,000 people. Shannera shared a few words of the melodic Miami language with attendees and drew much interest in the discussion of historical customs and traditions.

Shannera shared with the group examples of native Myaami traditional art forms such as Ribbon work, like what is shown on her pants and bead work on her moccasins and head dress. She had a basket that was made from tree bark and a very small basket that hung around the neck and was used to carry small objects

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A small example of reed weaving that the Tribe used to make floor coverings for their lodge.

Shannera is holding a large basket made from peeled tree bark. The stick Shannera is holding is her very own lacrosse stick. These sticks are made from young hickory sprouts. One end is thinned flat a foot or so long, then it is heated in hot water so the circle can be formed and lashed into shape. Shannera stated that when the Indiana tribe visited the Okalahoma tribe for a powwow they would hold Lacrosse matches using the old style native sticks. These games are pretty much “rough and tumble” as the participants sometimes go home with wounded pride and busted appendages

The women of the tribe wove reeds and cattail leaves into mats that were used to fashsion cover ings for their homes

Community Outreach

The new "Community Outreach" program at the museum is growing...and we are so proud! We strive to "reach out" to share our community's vibrant history. Among the most valuable history is that of both the indigenous and the emigrant tribes of current day Miami County. On November 8, 2023, we provided two educational presentations to Dan Doolittle's seventh grade history class at Paola Middle School November is "Native American Heritage Month" and the enthusiasm to learn about the native history was high among the students. Presenters were Shannera McCoy, the current Miami Nation Princess, and Jeanne Dagen et, great-great granddaughter of Christmas Dagenet and Mary Ann Peoria. The students learned about the Miami Nation, the tribe our county is honored to be named for. Topics discussed by Jeanne included the origin of the tribe, the 1830 Removal Act, the tragic forced removal from Indiana and the second forced removal from Miami County. Shannera then provided the reality of the tribe today through authentic story-telling and fact sharing. She presented that the Miami Nation of Oklahoma is made up of native people who have persevered and triumphed. They are a nation of people who have reclaimed their culture, their language and their hope for tomorrow. We thank the administration of Paola Middle School and Dan Doolittle for inviting us to their classroom and recognizing the value of the information we share. For more information about our Community Outreach Program, call Jana Harrington-Barcus, executive director of the museum, at 913-333-2657 on any Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

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“From the Past” Let’s look into the life of William Jasper Bratton. William was born June 14, 1840 in Montgomery, MO. He moved to Lykins now Miami County in September of 1857 with his parents. He was seventeen. They set tled on a claim south of Spring Hill, KS. Sometime in 1858 William started a freight hauling business. The following article taken from “The Louisburg Her ald” newspaper by editor Phil Thomas who wrote a column titled “From The Past”. Dated November 24, 1904, W. J. Bratton was interviewed; “Do I remember old Chief Baptiste? (Pronounced Bateese) Yes! Baptiste and I went to Leavenworth. 60 miles from here, in 1859. I took my team and wagon and he was on horseback. On our arrival in Leavenworth we stopped at the Fort. Baptiste went in and got $ 20,000 in gold from the government officers. All in one box. Took the two of us to lift it into the wagon. We stayed there all night and the next day I started for home. Baptiste told me to take the gold to Beaverton to pay off the five tribes and he would meet me there the next morning at 10 o’clock. I got through all right with the gold. No one offered to bother me nor I hardly thought of such a thing. Many people believe that we had very lawless times here on the border in those days, but such was not the case. Property was safer then than now. That was the only way of carrying money then, and we had no paper money. Everybody coming out from the East brought gold and silver as their paper money would not pass here. It was quite a sight to see the money distributed. The five tribes were there dressed in their blankets. The money went to the chiefs and from them to the mem bers of the tribes. Most of them were in debt to the chiefs who deducted their claims and paid over the balance with no grumbling by anyone. When old Baptiste died the Indian’s best friend was gone. I knew most all the Indians up this way, part wore blankets. They lived along the creeks, in homes of some kind. One house was here at the Shields spring. No Louisburg in those days. Ed Shields’ father,

By LeAnne Ellis Shields, Paola, KS.

Ambrose lived there. Heavy prairie grass all over these prairies high as a horse’s back. Deer, wolves and turkey were plentiful. Pat Sloan said that when he first came here it was all pasture. Farm grants brought in cattle and soon covered the range. Baptiste was the big gun of the Indians and his word was law. I worked for him part of two winters and farmed in the summer. In September 1861, William J. Bratton, age nineteen and his friend Edward Shields, a Wea Indian, age four teen enlisted in Co. 1, 12 th Volunteers. William and Ed fought in the Civil War and continued in service until June 29, 1865, when they mustered out at Little Rock, Arkansas. William J. Bratton suffered the rest of his life from what probably today would be called par asites. He received a $ 6.00 monthly disabled pension from the government until his death, March 20, 1906. Ed shields had to sign papers yearly to verify his con dition. They were lifelong friends. Ed’s father was Am brose Shields, a Wea Indian, known as “Wea Tons”. Ambrose was among the first persons to live in what later became Louisburg. Ambrose was a relative of Chief Christmas Dagenette and is buried in the Dagen ette cemetery South of Louisburg. William J. Bratton married Mary Wall, October 12, 1863. To this union were born 10 children, 7 sons and 3 daughters. They farmed on 80 acres West of Louis burg on 322 St. (Centennial Road). Two miles West of the Bratton farm was where the John Hinderliter fam ily lived on 360 acres. Arthur Bratton met Pearl Hin derliter and later they were married. From this union were born 4 children, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Their daughter, Esther Bratton married Loren “Bud” Ellis. From this union were born 3 children, 2 sons and 1 daughter. This article is written by that daughter and great grand daughter of William Jasper and Mary Wall Bratton.

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Secetary’s Report September Another Successful Community Outreach Month September was a busy month as we conducted four Community Outreach events bringing the 2023 total to 20 events. Early in the month, a momentous occasion was marked when a member of the Peruvian Consulate arrived to “bring home” a priceless 1,000-year-old polychrome vessel made by ancient Peruvian peoples. Although our donated collection of indigenous antiquities was impressive, it had nothing to do with Miami county, leading the museum on a quest to send all artifacts back to where they belong – their counties of origin. This moment marked the first successful repatriation of items from the collection and was well attended by Paola’s Mayor and other residents and reporters. In fact, not only did our own Republic publish a front page article, a statewide paper, Kansas Reflector, pub lished an article on this event. We want to thank Shar ice Davids and her staff for helping us with this effort.

Full story on page 11

Our October program (Saturday, October 21st at 1:00) takes a slightly different view of Quantrill’s Lawrence raid as compared to our August speaker although both speakers base their presentations on eyewitness ac counts and other archival documents. It was very in teresting to compare differences!

Our September speaker and topic, Wes Cole on the Osawatomie State Hospital, were very near and dear to many county residents attracting a large audience.

Mid-month, the Museum and Simple Simon’s Pizza co-sponsored the Paola stop of a Pottawatomie Trail of Death reenactment at Park Square. The riders, re freshed from the stop and lunch, then continued to Osawatomie for an evening event.

Pictured above on the left,Derek Wendt Assistant Risk Manager at Osawatomie State Hospital and preivous Hospital Superintent,Wes Cole.

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RULES FOR TEACHERS IN 1872 The world nowadays has so many rules and regula tions for anything and everything. Obviously, you have to have laws regulating certain circumstances and things need to be regulated and I guess that is why you have rules. Rules change over time and how one implements those rules can be subject to interpreta tion. There are volumes of rules governing absolutely everything. Back in 1872, there was a list of rules for teachers put out that today would probably bring law suits. Here they are: 2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scut tle of coal for the day’s session. 3. Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils. 4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly. 5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books. 6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed. 7. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden on society. 8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a bar bershop will give good reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty. 9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves. 1. Teachers each day will fill lamps and clean chimneys.

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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. We are pleased to welcome several new volunteers who not only approve of our endeavors but want to join the team. If you would like to learn more about our efforts, give us a call. We do have specific needs for computer skilled residents to aid in documenting new collection items yet any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated. We hope you can join us in pre serving Miami County’s history! We again joined the Master Gardeners in September and manned a table at the Courthouse during their bi-annual Garden Tour handing out an article on the courthouses’ history. In her new position as Executive Director and Muse um Manager, Jana Harrington Barcus lead yet another momentous occasion, the first step to meet our goal of doubling usable size, when repair work began on a portion of the second story for much needed office space. Additionally, Jana has added a new goal, plac ing the buildings on the National Historic Registry and, thus, qualifying for Historic Trust grants, to her already full plate. This whirlwind of activity has caught the eye of the Mi ami County Republic, as, Year-to-date, Vince Thorpe, our Treasurer (and now author!), had 18 of his histor ic columns published with the Republic authoring an additional 19 articles/speaker announcements, which included four receiving front page attention! As an other whirlwind of activity, our Facebook site interac tion with the public has dramatically increased in the past few months with over four-fold more posts and 22% more followers. This increase was aided, among other things, by expanding our outreach to a wider au dience of Kansas history, genealogy and local attrac tions Facebook groups. Hats off to our hard working and clever Face-book team! NAMES of NEW VOLUNTEERS!

Source: Kansas Heritage Center-Dodge City, Ks

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Miami County museum has begun a repatriation project for its pre-Columbian collections BY: RACHEL MIPRO /Kansas Reflector

A Peruvian artifact estimated to be more than a thou sand years old, well-wrapped in white tissue paper and stuck into a borrowed school duffel bag, marks the first success of a rural town’s plans to repatriate its art collection. The museum in Paola began its ongoing efforts of trying to return objects from a 38-piece collection of pre-Columbian artifacts a year ago, after first receiv ing the artifacts from a Kansas City couple’s trust five years ago. Pre-Columbian is a term used to describe an era of thriving indigenous art in the Americas be fore the arrival of Christopher Columbus. “Although this is a wonderful collection, it really doesn’t have anything to do with Miami county,” said Miami County Historical Society and Museum execu tive board member Gordan Geldhof. “Really, the right thing to do was to repatriate them.” The collection was authenticated in 1991, when it was determined the countries of origin were Mexico,

Ecuador, Guatemala and Peru. After making little ini tial headway on the repatriation process, museum of ficials reached out to U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids’ office, which helped them get into contact with the four em bassies in Washington, D.C. About a dozen Paola residents, including the mayor, gathered inside the museum Monday morning to wait for Liliana Trellis, who was sent to collect three arti facts on behalf of the General Consulate of Peru in Dal las. The artifacts are thought to be made between 200 B.C. and 200 A.D., and come from the Nazca region in Peru. Trellis said that two of the three artifacts are likely rep licas, and have been donated to the Texas consulate, but the third, a polychrome vessel, is likely an invalu able original. She borrowed her son’s school duffel bag for transportation, lining it with cardboard and tissue paper to prepare the objects for the airplane ride back to Texas. We appreciate all the recognition Brian McCauley and The Miami Republic news coverage gives our museum & thank him for covering this event also.

Gordan Geldhof, Rachel Mipro , Jana Harrington Barcus, Liliana Trellis, Peruvian Representative.

The two copies

The polychrome vessel

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Colleen Ewan has a Birthday Party In late August the museum hosted a birthday party for past museum president, Colleen Ewan. Colleen turned 92 & chose our museum for her special day. Anthology Senior Living in Olathe is now Colleen’s home. On the event of her birthday, her family asked the home if they could bring Colleen to Paola, the facility stated that it was not possible to transport just one person, but they could bring Colleen and a bus load of her friends from the residence. The event was well attended with members of the museum’s staff, many of her friends from Paola and her family.

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Colleen and her family

The Museum had some young “Trick or Treaters” visit at Halloween, Vince Thorp handing out treats



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MCHM volunteers were asked by Paola’s Mayor Leigh House to throw the switch at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in the park square the night after Thanksgiving. Jana Harrington Barcus had the honor to click the button After the ceremony the volunteers returned to the museum to serve hot cider and donuts to many of our open house visitors. Some of our visitors said they had never been in the museum.

Volunteers from the Miami County Sheriffs Department moving desks from the Presbyterian church into the museum.

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Gene Morris, of the Miami Republic, is a col lector of rare and unique items. He can be found at garage and estate-sales searching for those little gems to fill out a collection. Gene has a nice collection of sports memorabilia in cluding a Babe Ruth autographed ball. Sports memorabilia isn’t Gene’s only interest he has a collection of Paola Roots Festival au tographed guitars, posters, backstage passes and music album covers. He has also been found rooting through LP record collection at estate sales

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THINGS TO LEARN FROM MIAMI COUNTY OBITUARIES MCHM continues to work on digitizing its catalog of Obituaries. There is a treasure trove of information glued to those cards in the physical catalog. There are stories of people doing heroic deeds. There are stories of people dying in unusual circumstances. There are people with unusual given names or nicknames. We’ll share some of this with you in the newsletters. by Mike Barnett

met death in Colorado last Thursday evening”. It seems Joe and D. A. took a car to town to pick up some things for the return train journey while the ladies waited at home. On the return trip, the men crossed the railroad tracks at the Main St. crossing. No flagman as present and their car was struck by a pas senger engine coming up from the yards. Joe was car ried nearly a block and never recovered from the five inch gash in his head. The irony in this obituary tale is rich. A railroad employee in the middle of a railroad trip honeymoon is killed by a train while crossing a rail road track - in an automobile. Rest in peace Joe. The Double-Barreled Tale of Joseph Danneck Joseph grew up in Paola as the son of Mrs. Kathryn Danneck. “He graduated from Paola High School in 1923. For a time he operated a road show company of ‘Broadway’. In 1929 he left the show business to be come associated with a sporting goods firm in Detroit.” Joe’s final resting place is the Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit. His mother attended the services. Barrel one – The gunfight. “Two business men were killed today in a pistol battle at close range on the bal cony of a sporting goods store in downtown Detroit. The dead are Harry Levey, 50, owner of the sporting goods company, and Joseph Danneck, 30, manager of another sports equipment company store. The bod ies were found in Levey’s store when a clerk entered shortly after 9 a.m. They were twenty feet apart and pistols which had been fired several times were found beside each body. Police found an application for an indemnity bond on which entries by Levey made uncomplimentary refer ences to Danneck’s financial conduct.” Mr. Levey was treasurer of the Detroit Basketball Asso ciation. Joseph Danneck had previously worked for Mr. Levey. Joe sought the bond from the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Co. The Hartford apparently went to Mr. Levey for reference. Both parties paid the ultimate price.

WHAT’S IN A NAME? We all get at least one assigned to us when we arrive on the scene. Often that gets shortened or replaced by a nickname by our parents, siblings or peers for everyday use. Here are some doozies from our obituaries. (Yes – they are real) Male given names: Cola Othur Abijah Fanander Female given names: Thurza Lalah Evah Siotha Cool Nicknames: Marvin E ‘BIRDSEED’ Bledsoe Agatha ‘EASTA’ Booth Lillian M ‘ISH’ Bussell OBITUARY TALES Many of the obituaries have an ex traordinary tale to tell. Here are the first tales to share with you in the newsletter. They come from the cate gory of death with unusual circumstances. The Sad Tale of Joe Bones Joe’s family moved to Lane in 1903 when Joe was one “where he drew up as a splendid type of manhood”. He was employed as a machinist helper at MoPac in 1922. “Joe was a general favorite, a very capable young man, happy, industrious coupled with serene good cheer, a smile and a cheery word.” Joe Bones rests in the Elmdale Cemetery. He was killed in a tragic accident at age 24. In Feb. 1926, 24-year-old Joe married Miss Pearl Gregg on a Sunday in Ottawa. Joe and Pearl left for Grand Junction, CO, that same evening on the train from Osawatomie to start their honeymoon where they stayed with brother-in-law D. A. Eddy. The obituary reports that “tragedy followed a young Osawatomie couple closely, overtaking them on their honeymoon trip, so that the joy of the wedding party was turned to deepest sorrow when the bridegroom

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100 Years Ago The Miami Republic

Barrel two – Back to Show Business. The end of the Kansas City Star article carried from Detroit drops a zinger about Joe. “That year he was divorced from Viv ian Vance, screen and radio singer.” Yes – that Vivian Vance, better known to us as Ethel Mertz from the “I Love Lucy” TV show of the 1950s.

Paola, Kansas Friday Nov 2,1923

NEW CASES FILED IN DISTRICT COURT In district court Miss Lucy R. Mallory, for herself and also for Earl D. and Clare Mallory, minors, has brought suit against the City of Paola for $87,175. This suit is the result of the burning of the Mallory Opera House the night of October 27, 1921. The plaintiff asserts that the building was burned, by a mob of more than three persons and that the city is liable under the Kansas law existing at that time which provided that cities are responsible for acts of mobs, defining mobs as three or more persons. Amended law fixes a mob as five or-more people and plaintiff insists the city is liable under the amended law. Miss Mallory also claims the city is liable because wa ter pressure was not sufficient at time of the fire. She values the building at $67,001 and the rest of the prop erty burned is thus enumerated: diamonds, $10,000; life size paintings, $5,000; mother's engagement ring, $1,000; silver and cut glass, $1,000-' heirlooms $500; fur 'coats, $400; books, $400; clothing, $400; black fox furs, $300; sister's cut glass, $300; piano, $250; gold watch, $125; china, $125; stage scenery, $100. J. H. Brady and T. F. Railsback, of Kansas City, Kans., are lawyers for Miss Mallory and City Attorney Kari V. Shawver represents the City of Paola.

Vivian was born in Cherryvale, KS, in 1909. The family moved to Independence, KS, when she was six. The acting bug Bit in high school and afterward Vivian went to Tulsa where she got a part in “Broadway.” She met and dated Joe in 1927; they were married in 1928. They moved to Albuquerque, NM, where Vivian’s family had relocated. Joe pulled a disappearing act in 1930 and a divorce occurred after 2 ½ years of marriage. Vivian was very successful in show business and passed away of cancer in 1979. She detested being typecast as Ethel often quipping: “When I die, there will be people sending Ethel flowers.” The promising young entrepreneur Joe was not so lucky and ended up shot to death in Detroit. Mike Barnett // MCHM

The Mallory Opera House

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On December 7, 1941, the United States declared war on Japan. Germany and Italy declared war on the United States a few days later which brought the U.S. into World War II. While the men went off to war the American Women were managing the home front. To keep the fighting properly fed, the war Price and Rationing Program had created the rationing coupons. The hardest hit were Meats, Dairy, Sugar, Coffee and Tea. The following rec ipes were created by imaginative homemakers during that time. SPAM Luncheon Casserole 1 can SPAM, cut in small cubes 1/2 to 3/4 Cup Milk 2 cups diced cooked potatoes, hot 2 cups corn, fresh or canned (drained) Salt and Pepper to taste 1/3 cup onion, minced and sautéed in 2 T. butter Thin slices of cheese as desired Butter a casserole dish. Combine milk and corn in pan and heat. Arrange all ingredients in layers. Add seasonings. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until hot throughout and bubbly. Lay cheese on top and return to oven until cheese melts. (Warning) Spam was introduced during the war which evidently, the soldiers had more than their share. When they got home, they requested anything for lunch "But Not SPAM" Syrup Cake 2 ½ cups sifted flour 2 ¼ tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. Salt ½ cup shortening 1 cup syrup 2 eggs, unbeaten ½ cup milk 1 tsp. vanillia flavoring Sift flour, add baking powder and salt and sift 3 times. Cream shortening. Add syrup gradually, beat after each addition, ¼ cup each time. Add eggs one at a time. Beat after each addition. Add remaining flour in thirds with milk in halves. Beat cake after each step to ensure a good one. Pour into greased pan. Bake at 350 degree oven until cake tests done

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

Research and answer incoming e-mail requests People with strong backs to help move or reorga nize items Change our monthly displays Write articles for Quarterly Help with binding books — published in-house or otherwise There’s always dusting, running sweeper and gen eral house keeping Docents , “not that stuff that hunters put out to attract buck deer” but a person who leads guided tours especially through a museum or art gallery

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Accessions donated this year to the museum.

Name of Donor Elizabeth Smith Karen Browning Mike Gibson

Item Donated

Abstract; WW II Ammonia Inhalants Iodine Swabs Vintage White Women’s Heels Miami County Bank Advertisement Items Painting of Children “Somerset Ridge Painter”

Jeff Hartl

Scott Grandon

Accordion, shotgun, books

Jeff Hartl Ann Davis

grave shovels

Horse collar with hanes

Carladyne Conyers Julan Hughes

Water color artwork of Paola Library & Ursuline Academy


Phil Reaka

Monarch’s Baseball Bat & Buck O’Neil book

Rebecca & Vince Thorpe Morris F. Schroeder

Byelow Baby Doll

Eyeglass Test Lenses collection 1930 dress, 2-piece suit and hat

Christie Doherty Cindy Touburen Kerry & Rachal Ard Gretchen Walters Peggy Redenbaugh Phyllis Hollinger Mike Stiggow Christie Doherty Shirley Banks Lilliana Trellis Gift- Unknown donor Brad Christian Jane Edmonds Christie Koehn Unknown donor Joyce Smith Linda Hay

Quilt rack

Metal lock and nail found in yard (Paola) Ladies wool suit, mouton coat and Charleston dress

Baseball items and lockers Miami County map

Fontana plate, Christian church plate

Deerskin Indian dress

Indian books

Plates from store giveaway wedding dress, suit and desk History Book from Peru

red brick from Osawatomie State Hospital

Mechanical Adding Machine

Walking doll 1956

New Knights Templar uniform Book “History of Kansas”

Apricot Ham Glaze 1¼cups apricot preserves ½ cup brown sugar, packed 2 TBL Dijon Mustard ¼ cup lemon juice 6 cloves, garlic, smashed 1 (6-8 lb) ham, fully cooked

Autumn Whipped Cream Stir 2 crushed cinnamon sticks, 8 whole cloves, 12 black peppercorns, peel of 1 orange into 1 cup heavy cream. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours. For more intense flavor, 8 hours and even up to1 day. Strain discarding solids prior to whipping. Sprinkle warm spice(s) over whipped cream when topping apple pie and, if topping pumpkin pie, add orange zest.

Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 20 minutes. Brush glaze every 15 minutes during last half of cook time, until ham is gold en brown. Warm any leftover glaze and serve with ham. Makes 2 cups.

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Tangy Autumn Applesauce with Hint of Orange Ingredients 2 large navel oranges, zested and juiced 1 lemon, zested and juiced 3 pounds Granny Smith apples (about 6 to 8 apples) 3 pounds sweet red apples, such as Macoun, McIntosh, or Winesap (about 6 to 8 apples) 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the zest and juice of the oranges and lemon in a large bowl. Peel, quarter, and core the apples (reserving the peel of 2 of the red apples) and toss them in the juice. Pour the apples, reserved apple peel, and juice into a nonreactive Dutch oven or enameled iron pot. Add the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and allspice and cover the pot. Bake for 1 1/2 hours, or until all the apples are soft. Remove and discard the red apple peel. Mix with a whisk until smooth, and serve warm or at room temperature.

5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops. 6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker. She said "There are too many gadgets, and no place to sit down!" So I bought her an electric chair. 7. My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was. She told me, "In the lake." 8. She got a mud pack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off. 9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, "Am I too late for the garbage?" The driver said, "No, jump in!". 10. Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of di vorce. 11. I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always'. 12. I haven't spoken to my Wife in 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her. 13. The last fight was my fault though. My wife asked, "What's on the TV'?" I said, "Dust!". Can't you just hear him say all of these? love it. These were the good old days when humor didn't have to start with a four letter word or political. It was just clean and simple fun. And he always ended his programs with the words, "And May God Bless"-with a big smile on his face. Red Skelton was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th Century. He hosted a weekly comedy show featuring him as any one of a number of characters: Freddy the FreeLoader, Clem Kaddlehopper and more. He was known as one of the kind est, most gerous men who was loved by millions. 'There Will never be another one like him.


1. Two times a week we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays I go on Fridays. 2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California and mine is in Texas. 3. I take my Wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back. 4. I asked. my wife where she wanted to go for our an niversary. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long tune!" she said. So suggested the kitchen.

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Persimmons A Native American Treat and Tradition

The wild persimmon, a distinctively American fruit, was a special treat in the diet of Native Americans as well as white settlers. Long a food of Native Americans, persimmons were a favorite fruit of many tribes, either eaten plain or cooked into sweet puddings. Persimmon pulp was mixed with corn meal and ground acorns to make breads and thick soups. Traditional medicinal uses of persimmons ranged from treating sore throats and mouths, to indigestion, thrush, and bloody bowels. Persimmon served as an astringent. The bark was chewed for heartburn. A bark infusion of persimmon, alder, white walnut, and wild cherry was used for toothache. Cold water poured over the bark supported bile production and served as a tea for liver health. The following recipe is reprinted from the, "Miami Nation News," a periodic publication of the Miami Nation of Oklahoma. Persimmon Pudding Ingredients: 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 2 cups persimmon pulp * 1 3/4 cup four by Jeanne d’Arc Daganet

1 cup buttermilk 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. baking powder 1 cup half & half Method:

Add dry ingredients to the persimmon pulp. Next, add in the wet ingredients. Pour batter into a 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 60 minutes or until set. Serve hot or cold with a dab of whipped cream on top. *Persimmon pulp: To harvest persimmons, they must drop to the ground. Do not pick off of the tree as they would be profoundly bitter. Collect persimmons, wash and rinse. Using a colander or food mill with wooden pestle ,smash to separate seeds and skin from pulp. Compost seeds and skin and save pulp. The pulp can also be frozen in ziploc bags.

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Miami County Museum Publications 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 Journies of Ursuline Academy & College, soft-back $35.00 History of Paola 1855-1955 by Bernice Wallace $9.50 Paola Accounts in Living Memory Last Half Century $5.00 Family Histories and Stories of Miami County, Kansas, 1987 VOL I Excess Inventory Sale $20.00 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 Cemeteries of Miami County, Vol. I (rural south 2/3 of county)-CD ONLY 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, Rockville, Settle, Spring Grove, Stanton, Whiteford and Wilson-Raymer Cemeteries of Miami County, Vol. II (north 1/3 of county ) CD ONLY 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.) 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 457 old barns in full color 136 pages $20.00 Paola High School 150 years proud1857-2007 $25.00 Cliff Wright’s, World War II For One, $18.00 and Kansas Folklore $21.00 Lest We Forget (List of Osawatomie Alumni) $5.00 Paola High School Alumni 1888-1988 $5.00 Paola 150 Year Timeline on DVD $20.00 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 Hardback

Please make checks to: Miami County museum 12 East Peoria, Paola, Kansas 66071-0123 Phone 913-294-4940

Lost Years -Miami Indians in Kansas $10.00 Our new e-mail: micomuseum@gmail.com Web site: https://micomuseum.org

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Mi. Co. History Museum 12 East Peoria

Paola, Kansas 66071 Phone 913-294-4940

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 three lines engraved with 14 letters and spaces on each line. Holidays and birthdays are perfect times to order a brick for that “hard to suit” person on your list, or a way to assure that relatives or friends will never be forgotten in Paola, Kansas.. You may request an application by emailing micomuseum@gmail.com or you may pick up an application at the Miami County Museum. Please mail your completed application(s) along with a check for $60.00 for Each brick requested to: Miami County Historical Museum at 12 E. Peoria, Paola, Kansas 66071 We will notify you when your application(s) has been received and the brick(s) will be installed as soon as possible. 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 3 lines with 14 letters and spaces. on each line Brick 1 Brick 2 __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ ___

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Address__________________________________________________________ City_________________________________ State____ Zip _________ Phone_____________ Number of bricks ordered ______ @ $60 each CHECK ENCLOSED $_________________ CASH $___________________ CREDIT CARD _________________________

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Paola, KS 66071

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