2011 Summer Newsletter

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Directors Message Presidents Message Accessioning Program/Researchers


Hannes Poetter LeAnne Shields Nina Gerken

Vice President

Secretary Treasurer

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Township Directors

Acquisitions. Mini-Minutes

Fran Burcham Regina York Teve Ruttinger Nina Gerken Mike Hursey Darrell Williams Cindy Haibeck BenMamier BettieOre Elsie Cordle LeAnne Shields Lloyd Peckman VeraDakin Steve Olsen Colleen Ewan Russell OMeara

Louisburg City Marysville Township Member at Large Miami Township Middle Creek Township Mound Township Osage Township Osawatomie City Osawatomie Township Paola Township Richland Township Stanton Township Sugar Creek Township Ten Mile Township Valley Township PaolaCity

Historys Mysteries


Heartland Art Guild Miniature Art Show Photos Volunteer Guide story , Building Our Historical Research Department ć F #FHJOOJOH A story by Jim Bousman

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Ona Neuenschwander


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Civil War Jacket story

New show, History of Miami County, photos

Wea Township

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Isabel Rohrer Obit Marvin Clark Obit 1928 Miami Co. News Summary C , D & E Obits Index Publications for sale

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A Quarterly Newsletter of the Miami County Genealogy & Historical Societies Summer 2011 Volume 26 - No. 2 Miami County Historical Museum “ Swan River” 12 E. Peoria, Paola, Kansas 66071 Phone: 913-294-4940 E-Mail: museum@mchgm.org Web; www.thinkmiamicountyhistory.com Museum Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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“Message from the Director” Due to being recently hired as your director/curator I have been trying to get around to everyone and meeting them. First, thank you all for your generous support for your county museum; your contributions and support are what keeps our doors PQFO BOE JO UIFTF EJď DVMU FDPOPNJD UJNFT XIFO GVOEJOH JT EJď DVMU CVU UIJOHT BSF getting better each day thanks to all your valuable support. With all that said, my ĕ STU NFTTBHF UP ZPV NBZ CF NPSF MFOHUIZ UIBO OPSNBM 4FDPOE XF IBWF NBEF B NBKPS GBDFMJę XJUIJO UIF NVTFVN TJODF .BZ JG ZPV DPNF JO now it will not look the same. Currently in partnership with the Freedom Frontier Foundation (http://www.freedomsfrontier.org/donations.php) we have created an in-depth exhibit focusing on Miami County’s history during the early settlement pe SJPE ,BOTBT .JTTPVSJ #PSEFS 8BST $JWJM 8BS BOE ĕ OJTIJOH XJUI UIF $PVOUZ T QBSU JO FDPOPNJD EFWFMPQNFOU EVSJOH UIF 3FDPOTUSVDUJPO QFSJPE ć JT FYIJCJU GFBUVSFT over 50 enlarged photos, numerous Civil War era weapons, a Civil War amputation kit, Civil War era military equipment, local 19th century maps, 1865 wagon and many other artifacts.


Also as a great note, our museum and its stories have been featured in the Miami Republic newspaper nine times now during this last quarter; almost a story every week about the museum and our local history. So if you have access to the internet, please check out these great stories about the happenings PG ZPVS NVTFVN ć FTF TUPSJFT BOE great publicity is all due to the hard XPSL PG PVS NVTFVN TUBČ /PU POMZ local publicity, but the museum has received a $2500 marketing grant, which will be utilized to advertise our museum in the Kansas City Star newspapers special Civil War section coming out July 24th, which will reach 700,000 readers. We also have started a traveling his

A view of our new photo displays and exhibits in the main room

tory program for several of our county senior citizen homes. So far, we have conducted our traveling history program UXJDF TJODF CFHJOOJOH JO FBSMZ +VOF BOE JU IBT UVSOFE PVU UP CF B HSFBU TVDDFTT ć JT QSPHSBN JOWPMWFT UBLJOH XIBU artifacts that we can transport or create miniatures of our displays and presenting hour long historical presentations at each facility. As stated before, this program has been well received and will continue as long as demand continues. For more information on this program, you can visit the following story featured in the Miami Republic newspaper at: http://www.kccommunitynews.com/miami-county-friday-community-living/28107994/detail.html "T B GVUVSF HPBM XF IBWF TVCNJUUFE PVS BQQMJDBUJPO UP IPTU B 4NJUITPOJBO &YIJCJU UJUMFE ić F 8BZ 8F 8PSLFEw ć JT exhibit will feature how Americans have worked in the past and we will also be featuring at least two exhibits of our PXO EFQJDUJOH QBTU XPSL XJUIJO .JBNJ $PVOUZ ć JT FYIJCJU JT B HSFBU PQQPSUVOJUZ GPS PVS NVTFVN TJODF UIF MBTU UXP Smithsonian exhibits that we hosted brought in as many as 6,000 visitors to our museum in six weeks. I’ll keep you posted on this exhibit. JoeHursey

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President’s Messag e

Financial ć F .JBNJ $PVOUZ )JTUPSJDBM .VTFVN )JTUPSJDBM (FOFBMPHZ 4PDJFUJFT BSF B /PO 1SPĕ U 0SHBOJ[B tion with a tax exempt status allowed by the Internal 3FWFOVF %FQU (Ję BOE %POBUJPOT SFDFJWFE CZ UIF Societies are Deductible for Income Tax purposes. Additional information or questions regarding En dowments, Trusts, etc., Please contact us at the following 913-294-4940 News Exhibits April began as a very busy month for the museum with our setup of our current Bleeding Kansas/Civil 8BS EJTQMBZ ć JT FYIJCJU JO DPOKVODUJPO XJUI UIF Freedom Frontier Foundation focuses on the early Kansas settlement, Bleeding Kansas Border War, Civil 8BS BOE UIF 3FDPOTUSVDUJPO QFSJPET ć F NVTFVN has on display numerous Civil War era weapons, ribbons, awards and original historical documents, some on loan from local family members of Civil War veterans. During April, we closed the museum for exhibit setup, which covers all three of our buildings. With all the new changes, we had to move some things into storage to accommodate the new exhibit, which is normal for a museum; not everything can CF EJTQMBZFE BU UIF TBNF UJNF ć F ĕ TIJOH FRVJQNFOU display, furniture, desks and cabinets as well as vari ous other artifacts were moved into storage. Another exhibit featured in building two is our sev enth annual Heartland Art Guild Miniature art show. ć JT FYIJCJU JT PO EJTQMBZ GSPN +VOF VOUJM +VMZ Opening day for this exhibit occurred on the same day as the “Wine and Art Stroll” event. Both of these events brought in over 250 visitors to our museum on that day. Accessions We have had some accessions including a child’s roll top desk from the early 1900’s; pictures, records, and yearbooks from Hillsdale Elementary School since it is closing and its students are coming to Paola. We also received a souvenir of the 1903 and 1905 gradua tions in Paola, this came from a museum in Oregon.

When I was growing up I would hear people say that time was going fast as light – not any more! It goes faster than light can be measured. Didn’t I write this column a short time ago? We have had a VERY busy three months – one of the busiest in mem ory.

We have redone the main room at the museum and put in a great display of Civil War memorabilia – tremen dously historic. Miami County has such great history – both state and involvement in the Civil War. We have pictures of men who participated in the war and also in the early days of Miami County. Wayne Johnson and IJT DPNNJUUFF XPSLFE WFSZ IBSE GPS NPSF UIBO ĕ WF months gathering much, much data on Kansas and the War. We strongly urge you to visit and see this exhibit. We consider it one of the best in this part of Kansas for the state – it is so good. Also, in July we will be having another very exciting worthwhile exhibit. We are hosting the Seventh An OVBM *OUFSOBUJPOBM .JOJBUVSF "SU 4IPX ć JT ESBXT paintings from across the United States and several countries overseas. If you are not familiar with minia ture paintings, we invite you to view them during the NPOUI PG +VMZ :PV XJMM CF GBTDJOBUFE ć JT JT B QSPKFDU of the Heartland Art Guild every year and the proceeds go for a High School senior art scholarship. ć F .JBNJ $PVOUZ )JTUPSJDBM 4PDJFUZ OPX IBT B %JSFD tor/Curator for the museum. Joe Hursey was hired to help us restructure our exhibits and artifacts and pro vide historical consultation and research . He is doing a fantastic job and will continue to do so. We are very pleased to have him with us. Wishing you a pleasant summer, I am – Bettie G. Ore, President

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RECENT ACQUISITIONS The museum has received the following items for the permanent collections during this quarter: Howard Gillogly (Union School photo) Ima B. Carpenter (Civil War jacket & family histo ry) Verla Thomas (Photo of McLauchlin ---) Donald Salser (wood cutout of “Old Main Osawat omie Hospital) Annette Prentice (Hats) Bettie Ore (measles notice) Museum (Vickers Grade School records) Mary E Buchman (Ursuline bag) Gary Wi---- (Salesmans ---) ORAL HISTORY Contact Betty Bendorf at the Museum to sched ule your interview. Pat Erickson is ready to tran scribe them. LuAnn Debrick is on board to help with inter views. NOTICE! From the Editors Do you have your Ancestor Charts or Family Group Sheets that you would like to have put in the Quarterly??? Please send to us. Carl Buchman (patterns) Fred Banes Jr (abstract)


The following are walk-in researchers to the Library during this last quarter and surnames, or in formation, being searched for. Catherine Glover – (copies of photos) Kim Kerr – (Cline, Boka, Stainbrook, Buddenhagen) Wm. E. Trollinger (Buzzards Roost School #74) Dean Phillips (Milliman, Daugherty, Lankard) Shirley Warden (Block people) Mike Hadl (Rohrer) Jane Chandler Holt (Minton, Gay, Dotson, Hendrix, Ross) Donna Prothe (obits) Helen Tagler (Maggie Ohlmeier Rentz, Ernest & Albert Ohlmeier, Hulda Ohlmeier Miller) Colette Miller (obits) Karen Register (obits) Shelia Evans (Jess Evans, Clarence E. Evans) Jeanette (Rigney/Wise) Meyer (Rigney, Wise, Barnes) Stan Whisner (Overbeck) Janet Schnoor (Rex Kiser Dau) (Savage, Edward Schlotman, Carrie Moss, Flora Vaghy) Karen LaDeux (Thomas Cassida, Anglin Branch Cassida, Mattie, Anna, Mary Cassida, Susie Cassida Miller Hill, Eddie Mae Cassida Mc Ilweine Procter, E.P. Short, Anna Tipton)

Betty & Vera

Don Chronister (obits) Mary Holloman (Holloman, Stanley)


Jonelle Lewis (Olaus Johnson, Matthew Matson)

Roger Shipman has consented to take over the duties of publishing your newsletter. Write or E-mail the museum to comment on this issue or to contribute any worthwhile ideas for articles in the coming issues. Page 5

Portia Brooks (Pinkerton, Leard, Akers, Reedy, Latimer) These researchers came from Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Arizona and California

URSULINE BOOK PROJECT I f you haven’t purchased a copy of “Journeys of Ur suline, Academy & College of Paola” why don’t you place your order today, lest you forget??? Cost $35.00 + $5 shipping We know that you will enjoy reminiscing the mem ories of many personal stories, scrapbooks and of pictures—the grounds, the campus, the defined architecture of structures, students, neighbors and friends of Ursuline.


April Report on the Civil War project by Wayne John son. The exhibit will open on May 9th. Handouts were made to take to Kansas Sampler at Leav enworth, Ks on May 7 & 8. Discussion on expense of Fog’s car and also of land by John Browns Lookout. Joe Hursey was introduced and he gave his history of experiences and education. He has been volunteering at the museum. It has been discussed with members to find a way to hire him as Director/Curator. May Discussion on using “Quick Books” for our book keeping. Motion made and passed . Bernice Chitwood reported on consigning a quilt of our choice to the Stauth Museum in Montezuma, Ks. For a special display. Discussion on storing our electronic records off site with Carbonite. Motion made and passed to follow through and also close the bank box. Discussion on clearing out the middle room for the art display. Discussion on need for volunteers to give guid ed tours . Joe has signed the museum as a member for Freedom Frontier. Discussion on Civil War exhibits – Mike Gibson is allowing Joe to copy his gr-great grandfathers diary while a prisoner of the Confederates. Discussion on the renter paying for utilities used. Joe is planning on having a presentation to the senior citizens on a monthly basis. Motion was made to redo the membership brochure and passed. Suggestion was made to change our meeting time to evening enabling businessmen and peo ple to come. Motion was made and set for first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the muse um. Passed. Directors will be notified.

These pictures reflect the excellent work of our digital technician, Roger Shipman. Roger is a local Paolan, retired from Taylor-Forge in Paola. His avocation of photography, graphic arts and computer skills have been a definite asset to pro duce this quality book.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT! Mildred D. Haley, Committee Chairperson

LIBRARY I would like to thank Jeanette (Rigney) and Kent Mey er for the donation of notebooks of genealogy of the Wise family and the Rigney family and farm photos. These will be added to our “Family” shelf. We have quite a listing of family genealogies. Rose Ann Findlen sent us a copy of “Borderland Fam ilies-Always on the Edge” which the primary focus is on the history and genealogy of the Heiskell and Lykins, pioneer families of Miami County. We have been finding some important treasurers of information in that back aisle I have talked about. I am sure we will find more as we finally get to going through it all. We are also planning on a renovation for the library.

Betty Bendorf, Librarian

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History’s Mysteries T his is a new addition to our quarterly as well as our website which features historical mysteries in and around the county. These articles have so far been researched and written by our local historian, Phil Reaka. Please read them and give feedback on how you like them. These stories can also be found at the following website: http://www.thinkmiamicountyhistory.com/Reaka.html History’s Mysteries Number 1 Baptiste Peoria who is noted as one of the founders of Paola has had much history written about him. However, while I was helping to put together the new displays at our Miami County history at the MCHS muse um, I ran on to two interesting notes about this man.If these are true, then these tidbits become part of his and our history: • Baptiste may have been a black man rather than an Indian? • He may have also “owned” a slave woman while living in Miami County? Get to researching fellow historians! Contact the MCHS in Paola if you discover any history relating to these History’s Mysteries Number 2 The town of Paola was referred to by many names. Depending upon whether you were a Catholic Missionary (maybe from Italy?) or a Native American Indian, a settler, a surveyor, a Union or Confederate army member, the U. S. Post Office, or a typesetter for a newspaper/ book, you may have used one of these names (acci dentally or on purpose) in reference to the community that we now call Paola. Here is a list that I have compiled from my research efforts: Battiesville, Osage River Indian Agency, Baptiste Peoria’s Trading Post, Wea Village, Bulltown, Peoria Village, Paoli,* and Paola.* Get to researching fellow historians! Contact the MCHS in Paola if you discover any new names from old maps, books, family history, etc. relating to these mysteries! You then will be shedding more light on our local history!! Phil Reaka *Note: Paoli and Paola are both Italian names! History’s Mysteries Number 3 Another mystery during the Civil War is the building of a fort on Tower Street (redoubt as it was referred to by the military). The first evidence of such a structure came from a military inspector’s report by the name of Sutton in 1865 and a drawing (see it in the history book that the MCHS published in 2005 on page 36). The black military map by Col. Drake indicates the location as being on Tower Street in 1864—see the map on display at the muse um. mysteries! Phil Reaka

Further research indicates the building of the “fort” took place in late summer of 1864. A preparation effort to deal with the pending invasion of Kansas by General Sterling Price, who was in Missouri at that time, was taking place. The mystery is: where is there a picture of it? Or other records of its existence? Please contact the MCHS at 913-294-4940 or at museum@mchgm.org or info@think miamicountyhistory.com if you discover anything? Get to researching! Contact the MCHS in Paola if you discover any new information relating to these mysteries! You then will be shedding more light on our local history!! Phil Reaka

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Lost Local History Due to Misspelled Name When I first came to Paola, I was asked to research information on a possible 19th century wine producer, J.J. Smith. It all started out with an old Miami Republic newspaper article from 1872, which stated that J.J. Smith produced over 4,000 gallons of wine and hoped to produce 5,000 gallons the following year. The news article also stated that he lived northwest of Paola…so I had the hints and the hunt was on. I started with the Miami County Museum which produced a few more hints that a J.J. Smith produced wine, but nothing really concrete to prove anything of really historic value. I then went through more old newspa pers, but still nothing, as well as contacting the Kansas Wine and Grape Growers Association, who explained to me that wine was not produced in Miami County in the 1870’s. I then turned to a colleague with my problem and he gave me some ideas where to look. I then checked in an 1878 Miami County Atlas and there I found the missing key to the puzzle. The newspaper articles referred to the wine man as J.J. Smith, but after looking at the old Atlas which featured his farm as a vineyard. The atlas also listed the owners name as not as “J.J.” Smith, but possibly as J.U. Smith; the second “J” was actually a “U”. Once I found this, I researched for his obituary and all the history fell from the sky faster that I could catch it.

J.U. Smith or John Ulrich Smith emigrated from Switzerland when he was a young man and came to America, first landing in New York then mak ing his way to Ohio, where he met and married his wife, Martha. While in Ohio, he took to busi ness as his profession. He then made his way to Kansas and set up in the mercantile business and later moved on to Ellsworth, Kansas, selling supplies to the railroad. John and Martha even tually settled in Miami County, establishing his vineyard northwest of Paola by the time he was about 39, in 1869. Three years later he produced his first wine from his farm’s winery. Unfortunate ly his dreams as a vintner ended in 1881 with the passing of the Kansas prohibition. His obituary listed that his only failure in life was when he had to rip up his vineyard. Known locally as “Wine Smith”, J.U. Smith contin ued to prosper in other business ventures until he passed away in 1899. The 1878 Miami County Atlas lists him as one of the top businesses in the county, specializing in wine production and cattle. He and his wife never had any children to carry on his farm or business, but did raise a niece who later married and moved to Kansas City. His obit uary stated that he left a large estate to his wife, left no debt to anyone and continually donated to local county charities. As a testament to his wealth after his death, his wife Martha donated $10,000 to have the current stone Paola Free Library built in memorial to him. The library that today serves town’s residents has a brass memo rial plate hanging above its fireplace dedicating the library to John Ulrich Smith.

“Wine Smith”, aka John U. Smith

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Moving of the Wagon Prior to the coming exhibit that focused on early Miami County History which opened on May 9th, the 1865 .JMMFS XBHPO IBE UP CF NPWFE GSPN JUT EJTQMBZ BSFB JO UIF UIJSE CVJMEJOH UP UIF ĕ STU CVJMEJOH XIJDI XBT OP easy task. With the help of Junior Ayers and Bernice Chitwood, we dismantled the nearly 150 year old wagon, DBSSJFE UIF NBJO CPEZ UP UIF ĕ STU CVJMEJOH BOE SFBTTFNCMFE #Z UIF UJNF XF IBE HPUUFO UIF XBHPO EPOF BMM three were covered in sweat and old axle grease. If one spends a little time in the museum, one would quickly realize that nothing gets done without our dedicated volunteers.

In loving memory of Isabel Rohrer February 23, 1919~March 31, 2011 Funeral Service: Wednesday, April 06, 2011 2:00 PM Penwell-Gabel - Paola Chapel Interment: Paola Cemetery Paola, Kansas Isabel Rohrer age 92of Paola passed away March 31 at the Life Care Center in 0TBXBUPNJF Bę FS B MPOH JMMOFTT Memorials to the Miami County Historical and Genealogy Museum. Isabel was born February 23, 1919 on the Rohrer family farm in Stanton Town ship, daughter of Frederick E. and Pearle Lane Rohrer.

She attended Mound Valley School District 81. She graduated from Osawat omie High School in 1936 and then attended Ursuline Academy College in Paola. Isabel worked in Kansas City for Methodist Publishing House and Jeanerette Portrait Studio. She was later employed at the Osawatomie State hospital and then the John Brown Museum in Osawatomie. Isabel was interested in tracing her families’ ancestry. Isabel attended the 100th annual Rohrer family reunion in Goshen, Indiana in 2006. She did a lot of traveling and visited all 50 states, and Canada nine times, and in 1995 traveled to the rain forest in Peru. Isabel was an advocate for preservation of native prairie grassland. She had many hobbies including, oil painting, photogra QIZ Ę PXFST HBSEFOJOH TFXJOH BOE CJSE XBUDIJOH BOE FOKPZFE QBSUJDJQBUJOH JO CJSE DPVOUT Isabel is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers Frederick E. Rohrer Jr., and Daryl D. Rohrer and two sisters, Re becca Rohrer and Helen Barnett and great niece Alyssa Sherman. She is survived by seven nieces and nephews and their families, cousin Bernice Cuthbertson and sister-in law Marie Rohrer. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Page 9

Donated Civil War Union Dragoon Jacket Prior to the opening of our Bleeding Kansas/Civil War exhibit, the Frank Carpenter family donated a 1st Reg iment New York Dragoon uniform jacket to our museum. Unlike some Civil War uniforms, this jacket was TPNFUIJOH NPTU IBWF OFWFS TFFO CFGPSF "MUIPVHI JU IBE SFNBJOFE JO QSJTUJOF DPOEJUJPO JU TUJMM CPSF B EFĕ OJUF CVMMFU IPMF UISPVHI UIF SJHIU GSPOU DIFTU PG UIF KBDLFU BOE NPSF UIBO MJLF B TFDPOE CVMMFU IPMF UISPVHI UIF MFę side. Another peculiar fact about the jacket is its unusual small size, but this is the amazing part of the story. ć F KBDLFU CFMPOHFE UP 'SBOL $BSQFOUFS T HSBOEGBUIFS 6OJPO 'JSTU 4FSHFBOU %BOJFM $BSQFOUFS XIP XIFO UIF XBS CFHBO MFę ,BOTBT BOE KPJOFE UIF /FX :PSL SFHJNFOU )JT VOJU GPVHIU JO PWFS FOHBHFNFOUT BOE BMUIPVHI Daniel Carpenter shot twice, survived the war and returned back to Kansas. ć F GBNJMZ OPU POMZ QSPWJEFE HSFBU JOGPSNBUJPO PO UIF KBDLFU JODMVEJOH UIF GBDU UIBU %BOJFM IBE CFFO TIPU PODF JO CBUUMF CVU UISPVHI DBSFGVM SFTFBSDI PG PVS UBMFOUFE SFTFBSDI TUBČ BOE IJTUPSJBOT JU XBT SFWFBMFE %BOJFM IBE CFFO TIPU JO UXP EJČ FSFOU CBUUMFT 0VS SFTFBSDI GVSUIFS SFWFBMFE UIBU 4HU $BSQFOUFS SPTF UP UIF SBOL PG 'JSTU Sergeant of his company commanding nearly 100 men. As 1st Sgt, Carpenter maintained a diary type of casualty count of his men through each engagement, which we now maintain a copy for public research. But as stated before, Daniel Carpenter was obviously small in stature due to his small uniform. Our last research revealed that Daniel Carpenter served in 46 engagements, was shot twice and became a leader amongst his men, he did this as a boy, not a man. First Sergeant Daniel Carpenter lied about his age and joined the Union Army at the age of fourteen. Come and see the jacket, the other Civil War items that belonged to Daniel Carpenter, as well as our many other $JWJM 8BS BSUJGBDUT :PV DBO ĕ OE NPSF PO UIJT KBDLFU BU UIF .JBNJ $PVOUZ 3FQVCMJD T OFXTQBQFS XFCTJUF IUUQ www.kccommunitynews.com/miami-county-friday-community-living/27703698/detail.html

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Beautiful gown donated to the museum by retired Civil War reenactor, Sandy Allison

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Cottage beside the river, by Elizabeth Brow, oil

Americana, by Tekie Ganz, media, acrylic

Corn Shocks, by Sharon Jenne media, oil

Tourist Group, by Glenn Leung media, watercolor

Central Park #11, by Glenn Leung media, watercolor

Sitting Tall, by Sue Wall media, acyrlic on board

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A videographer from channel 4 taping the art for a local broadcast in Kansas City

Kelly Franke admiring the paintings on display.

Jean Shipman was amazed at how this tiny art could look sonice.

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Kristin and Stephen Graue of Middle Creek Winery / Graue Vineyards, dispense wine to the many visitors to the Museum during the “Paola Art and Wine Stroll” Saturday evening June 25 th.

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Beautiful gown donated to the museum by retired Civil War reenactor, Sandy Allison


Bernard Moore presents the Mu seum with the 1st. place trophy for the best antique car in the John Brown Jamboree parade.

Union Army reenactor uniform, on loan from John Freeman

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by, Jim Bousman In 1803 the land we call Kansas was part of the Louisiana Purchase. Prior to that time very few non OBUJWF QFPQMFT MJWFE JO UIF BSFB ć PTF UIBU EJE XFSF QSJNBSJMZ USBQQFST BOE B GFX USBEFST .PTU MJWFE XJUI BOE married into the Indians tribes. As the years went by, explorers and settlers began to move into and through the newly purchased land. East of the Appalachian mountains, the population explosion and agribusiness was DSFBUJOH B EFNBOE GPS NPSF iTQBDFw BOE UIF FBTUFSO *OEJBOT XFSF NPWFE TUJMM GVSUIFS XFTU ć F TPVUI OFFEFE more land for cotton and tobacco, which was labor intensive. In New England, Yankee ingenuity was beginning UP EFWFMPQ B TUSPOH NBOVGBDUVSJOH FDPOPNZ ć FTF UXP EJČ FSFOU FDPOPNJD TPDJFUJFT DPMMJEFE PWFS UIF JTTVF PG slavery. Slavery became a festering political issue that would have a direct impact on Kansas. ć F .JTTPVSJ $PNQSPNJTF PG .JTTPVSJ XBT BENJUUFE BT B TMBWF TUBUF 5FYBT BOE $BMJGPSOJB UIF Wilmot Proviso, the Compromise of 1850, popular sovereignty, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act were all attempts to address the question of how to keep an equal balance between slave and free states. Before Kansas became a territory, no settlers were allowed to obtain or settle on land in Indian Territory. ć F 6 4 "SNZ UBTLFE XJUI FOGPSDJOH UIF MBXT HPWFSOJOH BDDFTT UP UIF UFSSJUPSZ XBT HSFBUMZ VOEFSNBOOFE BOE TDBUUFSFE BMPOH UIF CPSEFS ć VT JU XBT QPTTJCMF UP DSPTT UIF CPSEFS BOE TUBLF B DMBJN XJUIPVU NJMJUBSZ JOUFSGFS ence. Popular (squatter) sovereignty gave the inhabitants of the Kansas-Nebraska Territory the right to vote XIFUIFS UIF UFSSJUPSJFT XPVME CF BENJUUFE BT B TMBWF PS B GSFF TUBUF ć FSF XBT OFWFS B RVFTUJPO UIBU /FCSBTLB would be a free state: but Kansas was another matter. By 1854, Missourians (read south) as well as the North realized Kansas would be up for grabs. Missou SJBOT CFHBO UP DSPTT JOUP ,BOTBT 5FSSJUPSZ BOE PO i+VOF UFO EBZT Bę FS UIF PQFOJOH PG UIF UFSSJUPSZ B number of Missourians met on the Kansas side, in Salt Creek Valley, three miles from Fort Leavenworth, and organized the Squatters’ Claim Association.”* In the North the New England Emigrant Aid Company and others started gearing up to send settlers to Kansas. 8JUI UIF QBTTBHF PG UIF ,BOTBT /FCSBTLB "DU UIF Ę PPE HBUFT PQFOFE BOE FNJHSBOUT CFHBO UP Ę PX JOUP ,BOTBT ć VT UIF SFTJEFOUT PG ,BOTBT XPVME CF BCMF UP EFDJEF GPS UIFNTFMWFT XIFUIFS PS OPU UIFZ XBOUFE TMBW FSZ ć F NBKPSJUZ PG UIF GSFF TUBUF TFUUMFST XFSF iXFTUFSOFSTw XIJMF UIF QSP TMBWFSZ TFUUMFST DBNF GSPN .JTTPVSJ Arkansas and the trans-Mississippi south. In addition to settlers, the New England Emigrant Aid Company sent representatives to establish towns: POF JT 0TBXBUPNJF ć F +PIO BOE 4BSBI &WFSFUU MFUUFST HJWF BO FYDFMMFOU BDDPVOU PG B TFUUMFST MJGF JO 0TBXBUP NJF "MUIPVHI UIFSF XFSF PUIFS UPXOT -BXSFODF BOE 5PQFLB XPVME QMBZ B TJHOJĕ DBOU role in the march to statehood.

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News events in Miami County during 1928 'SPN UIF ĕ MFT PG UIF .JBNJ 3FQVCMJDBO

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1928 News continued


Betty Bendorf Hannes Poetter Jim Bousman Casa Somerset

Kathy and Dirk Vandever

Miami County Medical Center

Roger Casper

Isabel Rohrer Spring Hill Oil

Citizens State Bank Elliot Insurance

Great Southern Bank

Bills Pitts

Cynthia Stark

Our Most Valuable Volunteers


Marketing and Promotion

Betty Bendorf- Vera Dakin-

Raised membership by over three times in the last quarter

Management of over 50,000 genealogy records Bernice Chitwood- Management of over 12,000 museum artifacts Jim Bousman- Historical Research and Volunteer Worker Phil Reaka- Historical Research Roger Shipman- Redesign and development of Museum Quarterly Nina Gerkin- Treasurer Hannes Poetter- Website/Facebook Management Luanne Debrick- Volunteer Worker Junior Ayers- Facility Management Elsie Cordel- Volunteer Researcher Iris Kluber- Volunteer Researcher

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Death dates continued from last issue

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Volunteer Guide, Takes the Reigns Although I have been working for the museum for about two months now, I am still attempting to settle in the local area. Part of this settling in required my family and I to travel to North Carolina a week in June to pick up some things in storage, including two dogs. Due to my quick departure, I was not able to give a presen tation to Vintage Park of Paola senior citizens community as I had scheduled. Although I could not give the presentation, divine intervention took over and Vintage Parks most famous SFTJEFOU )FSC 'JDLFM MPBEFE VQ UIF 7JOUBHF QBSL SFTJEFOUT BOE PČ UP UIF NVTFVN UIFZ DBNF 0ODF IFSF )FSC 'JDLFM XIP IBT CFDPNF BO JNQPSUBOU ĕ YUVSF XJUIJO UIF NVTFVN JO IJT PME NJMJUBSZ XBZ EJE OPU NJTT B CFBU BOE began giving the tour on his own, to the pleasure of his friends. Patrons like Herb Fickel are what has kept the spirit of the county museum alive. Sempre Fi, Herb! Written By Joe Hursey

Herb Fickel escorting a group of friends from Vintage Park around the museum

Building Our Historical Research Department Within the last few months, we have received numerous documented research materials, which include a copy of a Civil War diary by Private Gideon Walker Gibson that will be available for public viewing and research XJUIJO UIF OFYU DPVQMF PG XFFLT ć JT JT B GBTDJOBUJOH QJFDF CFDBVTF PG JUT NFUJDVMPVT EBZ UP EBZ BDDPVOUT CZ B Civil War soldier who documented in detail the daily life of a Union soldier. Not only this, but Gideon Walker also became a prisoner of war and was sent to the infamous Confederate Andersonville Prison Camp, which a third of all Union soldiers never walked out of alive. Private Walker not only survived Andersonville, but also DPOUJOVFE IJT XSJUUFO BDDPVOUT PG MJGF JO "OEFSTPOWJMMF 1SJTPO VQ VOUJM IJT SFMFBTF XIFO UIF QSJTPO DMPTFE ć F diary now belongs to the great grandson of Private Gibson, Mike Gibson of Paola, who has allowed us to copy the diary for research and educational purposes. We also have obtained an unpublished diary written by one of the persons featured in our current exhib it, H.H. Williams. Williams wrote the diary from the periods of 1840’s to 1870’s for the purpose of documenting MJGF PG JO ,BOTBT EVSJOH UIF #PSEFS 8BST BOE UIF $JWJM 8BS ć JT EJBSZ BT XFMM BT UIF (JEFPO 8BMLFS (JCTPO EJBSZ XJMM ĕ OF BDRVJTJUJPOT UP PVS NVTFVN T SFTFBSDI EFQBSUNFOU XIJDI DBO CF VTFE UP JODSFBTF UIF EFQUI PG PVS museum’s collections for future study.

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Davis, Evelyn Davis, Farris Shelton Davis, Flora Johnson Davis, Floyd Carl Davis, Frances (Benson) Davis, Frances (Torres) Davis, Frank Davis, Frank G. Davis, George E., Jr. Davis, Glenn Wesley (child) Davis, Glenna Louise (Hettler) Davis, Hardin Melvin Davis, Harold Fredrick Davis, Helen M. (Ansart) Davis, Helen Rosemond (Smith) Davis, Inez J. (Anderson) Davis, Ira Carter Davis, Irene Leola (Nutt) Davis, Iva Maude (Evinger) Davis Jack Continued from page 19 Davis, John W. Davis, John W. Davis, Joseph Franklin, Jr. Davis, Joseph R. Davis, Ken L. Davis, Kevin Eugene Davis, Kimberly Sue (child) Davis, Larry Earl Davis: Laura Alice (WalIs Davis, Lauren Rene (infant) Davis, Lawrence Aidie Davis, Leila Davis, Leona Lucille Davis, Leonard B. Davis, Leroy Dean (Infant) Davis, Lola Maude (Coen) Davis, Lona Mae (Neal) Davis, Lovina (Baughman) Davis, Margaret Lorena (Noble) Davis, Margaret Mattie (Jackson) Davis, Marian Ruth (Stults) Davis, Marion B. Davis, Mary J. %BWJT .BSZ +BOF ć PNQTPO Davis, Maude Davis, Maude (Long) Davis, Meta Alice (Schneider) Davis, Nancy (Dugger) Davis, Nancy A. (Hyther) Davis, Nancy Carol (Salser) Davis, Nealy (Wilhoite) Davis, Noble McKinley Davis, Paul DeArnot Davis, Pheba S. (Richardson) Davis, James L. Davis, Jerry Lee Davis, Jess Donald Davis, Mrs. Jesse Davis, Joan Adena Davis, John Davis, John A. Davis, John A. Davis, John E. Davis, Johnny Joe

Eastwood, Ruth Joan, Eastwood,Ruth P.(Baker) Eaton.Benjarnin Gale, Easton,Charles Capes, Easton,Charles Jr., Easton,Edwardioseph, Easton,Mary Winifred, Easton,Pineas Capen, Easton,Velma F.(IVIIller) Easton,Bilie M., Ebeck,Helen M.(Smalley), Ebeck,Daisy (Hanson) Ebeck,Naomi P.(Jurgens), Ebeck,John Joseph, Ebeck,John R., Ebeck,Otto C., Ebeck,tiobert Lynn, Ebeck,Ronald Joe, Ebert,Emma Roberts, &CFSU &SOFTU ć FPEPSF Ebert,Rosa Fay R., Ebinger,Johnl, Eble,Dawn Michelle, Eble,Fern E.(Hayne), Eble,Maralyn L.(Merrick) Ebeck,Joseph, Ebert,Louis, Ebert, Rhoda, Eby,Hazel(Robinson) Eby, Josephine(Stuart) Eccles,Blanche (Kirby), Eccles,Eva Eliz.(Knight) Eccles„Monte H., Eccles,Sarah Catherine Eckerson,Glenne D. Eby,Minnie D., Ebbert,David H., Ebbert, Dean, Ebeck,Anna L.(Cosgrove), Ebeck,Clarence, Eble,Ray W., Eby,Grace„

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Jul 11, 1978 Oct 22, 1972 Sept. 18, 1978 Nov 28, 1996 Feb9, 1956 Aug 26, 1991 Feb 23, 2002 Apr 5, 1989 Apr 30, 2004 May 18, 1915 Apr 19, 1994 Jul 19, 1947 Sept. 26, 1998 May 15, 1997 Aug 13, 1978 Nov 11, 1979 Apr 16, 1959 Mar 27, 1995 Jun 20, 1987 Jun 12, 1995 Oct 18, 1918 Oct 14, 2002 Dec 30, 1989 ???1931 Mar 26, 1974 Jul 13, 1982 Aug4, 1956 Aug4, 1956 Nov 21, 1974 Nov 15, 1977 Sept. 29, 1939 Jan9, 1973 May 19, 1996 Jul 11, 1996 Oct 31, 1994 Oct 11, 1987 Feb2, 1964 Dec 8, 1991 Apr 17, 1930 Jan 14, 1990 Jun 22, 1949 Oct 3, 1968 Oct 13, 1972 Sept. 20, 1978 Jun 16, 1954 Jan 14, 1979 Jun 10, 1999 Dec 23, 1951 Nov9, 1944 Jul 22, 1982 Mar 31, 1994 Jun4, 1983 Nov 26, 1918 Aug 31, 1986 Jun 20, 1987 Jan 17, 1963 Apr 18, 1983 Oct 16, 1941 May 17, 1916’ Aug8, 2004 May3, 1973 Nov 25, 195.5 Jun 30, 1984 May 29, 1976

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A panel of the Miniature Art display

Member of the Paola Rotary club asssist in the moving of display cases

A carpenter installing new display panels on the walls


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