Down Through The Years

By Shirley Erickson

100 Years Ago

Henry J. Walthall came in from Trinidad, Colo., Sunday to move his family to that city, where he has a position as conductor with the Colorado Southern. There is quite a colony of former Osawatomie people there. We recall, G.E. Moore, Mrs. George Reese, formerly Miss Gussie Giller of this city, Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Jenkins and now Mr. Walthall and his family.

Monday, January 29th, is the fifty first anniversary of the admission of Kansas to the union. From the day that the word, Kansas, first issued from the lips of man the name has been one of nation-wide, even world-wide fame. Kansans have lent credit to the name of their native state in many lands and in many climes they have preached the glories of Kansas, and their evangelism has brought thousands of industrious, intelligent citizens into our state. And they, as though touched by a magic charm have remained as faithful as her native sons.

Miss Esther Kelley, of Ottawa, visited her grand-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Youmans, Sunday, on her way to Paola to attend Ursuline Academy.


75 Years Ago

The Elks club will sponsor the annual President’s Ball here January 30 furnishing the hall and music at their own expense. Thousands of cities hold a ball each year on the President’s birthday for the benefit of the Warm Springs, Georgia home of infantile paralysis sufferers, which was started by the President himself a sufferer from paralysis.

Mrs. Wesley Warner and Mrs. William Lester entertained their ridge club last Thursday evening at Mrs. Warmer’s home. Prizes for bridge were won by Mrs. Howard Wiseman first and galloping and second by Mrs. W. W. Eddy. Those present besides club members were: Mrs. K. R. Johnson, Mrs. Glenn Speck, Mrs. W. W. Eddy and Mrs. Howard Wiseman.

Mrs. George Hill returned this week after a visit in Herington with her niece.

Mrs. George Hill entertained the Duplicat Whist Club Tuesday afternoon at her home. Mrs. Jay R. Douglas won high prize and Mrs. C. L. Harvey, second prize. Guests were Miss Ethel Boisvert and Mrs. Dana Dunaway. The members present were: Mesdames H. B. Brandon, C. W. Krumm, Eldon Brown, C. Tabb, C. L. Harvey, Fred Beckley, G. F. Vossler, Wm. Hill and Pearl Reed.


50 Years Ago

Fire caused damage estimated at more than $10,000 to the Miami County highway shop, Paola, late Wednesday. Commissioners met with an adjuster Tuesday in an effort to get a claim turned in.

Miss Nicki Conklin was installed as honored queen of Job’s Daughters in a ceremony held Dec. 29.

News that President Kennedy has requested $40,000 for planning a dike system here brought favorable comment from many. We think this was a milestone because it is the first time in history that money has been requested. Perhaps after long last we’re started on the road toward a program of getting rid of these yearly floods.

IN VIRGINIA – Aviation Electrician Airman Larry C. Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Taylor, 339 Pacific St., Osawatomie, has been transferred to anti-submarine duty at Norfolk, Va.


25 Years Ago

The monthly dinner at the Osawatomie Court Apartments was held Saturday. Hosts were the first floor residents.

Attending were: Georgia Stevenson, Anna E. Brown, Ida Blair, Carl Bussell, Dorothy Brockman, Evelyn Johnson, Bertha Galloway, Adolph Jurgens, Ralph Whitla, Jane Schrader, Ethel Smith, Marcella Cartwright, Ruth Cockran, Ollie K. Pinneo, Hazel Battersby,

Florence Heard, Eva Stanley, Raymond Hightower, Sarah G. Finnell, Beulah Holliday, Edgar Wiltfong, Virgil Ratlief, Kathryn Harrison, Susie Adams, Clara McDougal, Hannah Gilchrist, Sylvia Bowers, Augusta Butler and guests, Christy S. Foulk, Amy Elder and Matt Elder.

Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. Heard, Mrs. Gilchrist, Mrs. Butler, Mrs. Stanley and Mrs. Cartwright helped serve.

Having January birthdays were Mrs. Adams, Mrs. McDougal and Mrs. Gilchrist.

“The Benders of Kansas” was the program by Clarice Murphy when the Osawatomie Historical Society met Thursday at Eastgate Inn Restaurant.

The Benders, Big John; wife, Almira; son, Young John; and daughter, Kate; settled in Labette County and lured travelers, especially single men, to stop for food and lodging. According to Mrs. Murphy the travelers were robbed of their money and possessions, murdered and buried in the back acres behind the Bender home.


15 Years Ago

Bill Pingry of Osawatomie has accomplished one thing few people in their 70s even dream of doing.

At the age of 72, he earned a pilot’s license after training with Roy Baker at the Garnett Airport. He recently scored 92 of 100 possible points on a Federal Aviation Administration written examination and completed the required number of hours in the pilot’s seat to earn his license.

“You either like it or you don’t, and you either have some interest in it or you don’t,” Pingry said. “But I guess I’ve always had an interest in it, sometimes stronger than others.”

His first experiences in the air came as a radio operator on a C-47 troop carrier in the European theater during World War II. Most of the work on the carrier involved carrying supplies, although he and his fellow troops were also trained to haul paratroopers and tow gliders.

TOPEKA—Michelle Butler Latham has been named Kansas chief of staff for 2nd District Congressman Jim Ryun. As state chief of staff, she will direct Ryun’s operation in the Second District, including constituent services and outreach.

Mrs. Butler Latham will be headquartered in the main district office in Topeka. She will also supervise the Pittsburg office.


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