Down Through The Years

By Shirley Erickson


100 Years Ago




Destroyed Livery Barn, The

Sherman Restaurant, And Building

Occupied by W. L. Bundy’s

Grocery. Also Fire in North

Part of Town Caused By Sparks

A great big blaze has cleaned up a corner of the town that has been looked upon as a fire trap for years. The livery barn occupied by Chamberlin Bros. is a heap of smoldering ruins and the store rooms owned by Wesley Williams just east of the barn are damaged beyond all hope of repair. How the fire started is one of the mysteries that will hardly be solved soon.


We received a letter from Mr. Henry Parker, Friday. He was at the Bide-a-Wee Place, Phoenix Ariz. At the time of writing the letter he was feeling fine and fit as was all their party. He was enjoying the company of his son, Dr. Parker, of Portland, Oregon, very much. The fields were green and the different field grasses were luxuriant as far as the eye could see in the vast plain where the beautiful city of Phoenix sits.


75 Years Ago

Mayor H. E. Newhouse and J. E. Johnston, city clerk, were guests of the Rotary Club Tuesday noon and they talked on city affairs. Mayor Newhouse told the progress that is being made on the projects and Johnston gave some figures on the financial standing of the city.

Friends surprised Mrs. J. W. McKeever last Tuesday evening, the occasion being her birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Crabtree, Lois Dever, Ima Thais Fairchild, Lyle Halstead, John Cooper and J. W. McKeever.

Division Engineer C. E. Cherry, Assistant Engineer Page Wagner, and Signal Supervisor Kempe met with the Santa Fe officials Tuesday in the H. U. tower near Ottawa.

H. O. Robinson, assistant signal supervisor and Mrs. Robinson were in Osawatomie Monday.

Miss Ann Dick, PBX operator, and Mrs. R. E. Johnson were in Kansas City Saturday.

Mrs. Ross Clary has been confined to her home the past two weeks on account of illness.

Mrs. C. E. Blauvelt left Wednesday to visit her son in Mobile, Alabama before he sails on the S. S. Hadaka for England.

Miss Mary Jane Zelman of Baldwin spent the week end here visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zelman.


50 Years Ago

Eleven members of the Osawatomie Chapter of DeMolay drove to Atchison Feb. 21 to visit the DeMolay Chapter there. Those attending were:

Ron Butts, Tom Coker, Jerry Parmenter, Russell Mills, Joe Dudley, Brent Trout, Larry Martin, Don Carpenter, Ralph Walden, Jack Weide and Gary Moor.

The boys were accompanied by J. Russell Mills, Nelson Weide and Roy Johnson.

Kenneth McMahon of Tom Medcalf Motor Co., Osawatomie, was presented Fort Motor Co.’s 300-500 Club award at a banquet in Kansas City, Monday night, honoring high-ranking Ford dealership car and truck salesmen of 1960 in Ford Division’s Kansas City sales district.

Bill Spellman, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Spellman, 805 Main St., Osawatomie, has pledged Zeta Chi Fraternity at Baker University. He is a freshman.

Charles Spellman, also of Osawatomie, was pledged to the fraternity at the same time.


25 Years Ago

Carl Osbin, 907 Third St., is the new commander of John Hinkle American Legion Post. Re-elected to serve another year: Vice commander, Homer Herbert; adjutant, Sherman W. Cole; and trustees, Marvin Lhuillier and Ralph Diehm.

The Busy Bee Links prayer group met in the fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church Thursday for a salad supper with 15 members and one guest, the Rev. Ted Hunter, present. Juanita Lindsey and Vivian Grant were hostesses.

Augusta Buddenhagen, chairman, opened the meeting with roll call and each one answered with a Bible verse. A monetary gift was given to the Young Married Class to purchase curtains.

The devotions were given by Ann Hauber. She read a poem, “Remembering”, by Helen Steiner Rice, read from Luke 23; and gave significant details of Jesus. She closed with prayer.

Jeanette Goedeke was the Bible study leader.

LAWRENCE – Capt. John L. Heidrick has been decorated with the Air Force Commendation Medal at the University of Kansas. He is an assistant professor of aerospace studies with the Air Force ROTC Detachment at the university. His wife is the former Nancy Feldman, La Cygne.

Mildred Hearn, housekeeper at Osawatomie State Hospital, celebrated her retirement Friday at the hospital. She was employed by the hospital’s housekeeping department for eight years before her retirement.

Karen Anderson celebrated her retirement Friday from Osawatomie after 31 years of service. Congratulating Mrs. Anderson on her retirement was Dr. Stephen Feinstein, hospital superintendent.

Theresa “Angie” Eaton, retired cook at Osawatomie received congratulations and best wishes on her retirement Friday from Royce Collins, chief dietitian at the hospital. Mrs. Eaton was an employee at the hospital for 12 ½ years.

Una F. Deering celebrated her retirement Friday from Osawatomie State Hospital with a reception at the Elks’ Lodge in Osawatomie. Dr. Stephen Feinstein, hospital superintendent, congratulated Mrs. Deering on her 19 years of service to the hospital.

Emelyn Rice received congratulations from Nelda Jeffery, director of nursing at Osawatomie State Hospital, on her upcoming retirement from the hospital’s nursing department after 22 years of service. Mrs. Rice’s retirement begins April 1.

NORFOLK, Va.–Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James R. Hogue is in the Adriatic Sea near Bosnia serving with a fighter squadron aboard the aircraft carrier USS American. His squadron is part of the 11-ship battle group that includes 80 tactical aircraft, ships and submarines.

He has traveled more than 15,000 miles since leaving Norfolk in late August.



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