Down Through The Years

By Shirley Erickson

100 Years Ago

A.W. Youngberg opened his theatre last week. Like everyone, when they start up a piece of new machinery, he had some grounds for cussin’, but we guess he didn’t, and now he has a real nice show in operation. His sister, Miss Louise Youngberg, Wade Carson and Bruce Campbell, of Kansas City, were the orchestra last week, playing the violin, cornet and piano, respectively. The theatre is up-to-date in every respect.

We often wonder how so many nickel theatres do business in such a small town. But the crowd goes from one to the other in its search for amusement.

Among the many Kansans who were here last Wednesday participating in the Osawatomie celebration to John Brown, was H. C. Slicher, one of the editors of the Belleville Telescope, and president of the Kansas Editorial Association. Said Mr. Slicher, in speaking of the occasion: “Osawatomie can justly feel proud of this great occasion; it is an event that calls world-wide attention to the city of Osawatomie and its former distinguished patriot John Brown. John Brown typified most strongly the ‘call of the blood’ in Kansas, the same blood ‘runs in the veins of every patriotic Kansan and only awaits the ‘call.’ ”

75 Years Ago

The City Commissioners Monday night awarded the contract for lighting equipment for the athletic field to the Arbogast Electric Company, local representative of the Benjamin Company.

The field will be lighted to the extent of 60,000 watts, and should be the outstanding field in this territory. Most of the fields around here are lighted with 48,000 watts. Ten poles will be used, with four reflectors to each pole. The lighting arrangement will be such that not only the football and softball fields will be well lighted but also the track.

In a very quiet election, Osawatomie voters last Friday rejected the proposal for a bond issue not exceeding $48,000 for the constructor of a new city hall by 11 votes. Relatively little interest was shown in the election, only 609 votes being cast out of a total registration of over 2,000.

Affirmative majorities were registered in the first and second wards and negative in the third and fourth. The first ward carried by five votes, the second by fifteen, the third lots by twenty-two votes and the four by nine.

The vote by wards: Ward 1, yes, 102, no 97; Ward 2, yes, 84, no, 69; Ward 3, yes, 61, no, 83; Ward 4, yes, 102, no, 111.

50 Years Ago

Requests for parking on one side of Pacific and Brown Sts., was discussed at the city meeting. Commissioner Ray Parker said he had received several requests for the action because of crowded conditions on the streets. Commissioners decided to have Police Chief Kenneth Cook make a survey and come up with a proposal. One-side parking was approved on some other streets recently.

John M. Yoger, 14-year-old son of John Yoger, chief engineer, Osawatomie State Hospital, won several honors at a music festival in Kansas City Saturday when 400 pupils of Rozwick and Marsh Accordian Studios participated in the yearly festival.

Mr. and Mrs. Addison McCune of Leavenworth announce the marriage of his daughter, Berniece, to Glen Chitwood, son of Mrs. Ruth Chitwood of Osawatomie. The Rev. Ivan Yingling performed the ceremony on Aug. 13, in the Yingling home in Ottawa.

ENDS TRAINING – Marine Pvt. Roy E. Reed, Osawatomie, has completed four weeks of individual combat training at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

25 Years Ago

The first issue of The Oz Extra appears in this issue of The Graphic. The Oz Extra is the Osawatomie High School newspaper. It will be published regularly, about every three weeks, in The Graphic. The Oz Extra itself will also be distributed at the high school.

Dan Welch, a new teacher this year at OSH, is serving as newspaper staff adviser. OHS did not have a school newspaper last year because no adviser was available.

Members of the school newspaper staff are:

Editor-in-chief, Michelle Tyrrell; news editor, Jana Brown and Samantha Stewart; feature editor, Anne-Marie Cole; sports editors, Sean Mounger and Diana Stewart; photography editor, Kim Fultz; and reporters, Greg Branson, Lori McCourt and Jennifer Moreland.

The first edition of The Oz Extra appears on Page 3-C.

A group of former residents of Osawatomie met at Pippins Restaurant and Pie Pantry in Lenexa Sept. 14 to have lunch.

Attending were: Nona McQuade, Marilyn McQuade Halpin, Nancy Halpin Mense, Ann McQuade Deitcher, Katrina Deitcher, Gretchen Deitcher Kitson, Anita Deitcher Smith and Darla Smith, all of Topeka; Emily Hollis, Lenexa; Ethel Slayman and Evelyn Slayman, both of Kansas City, Mo.; and Barbara Slayman and Alison Foster, both of Leawood.

15 Years Ago

Members of GFWC Monday Club assembled in the home of Freda Miller, 414 Brown Ave., Osawatomie, for a trip to the home of Roy Foster, Rantoul. There, they saw his many antiques and works of art, in keeping with the meeting’s theme of A Visit of Antiquity.

After touring the Foster home and seeing his antiques, they returned to the home of Miss Miller for the remainder of their meeting. President Teresa Vossler opened the session with the flag salute and collect. For roll call, members displayed a treasured heirloom and told its story.

Donations were sent to the Art Land and Christmas in October. Miss Vossler, Arlene Shaw and Miss Miller will attend the district convention in Olathe Nov. 4.

The president closed the meeting with this thought: “One cannot change the past, but one can ruin the present by worrying over the future.”

The Busy Bee Prayer Group met Thursday in the First United Methodist Church of Osawatomie with nine members present.

Augusta Buddenhagen opened the meeting with roll call. Each member responded with a Bible verse. Vivian Hamilton and Cleo Franklin were hostesses. Ceola Mullins gave the devotions entitled Why did God Make Bugs and Other Itchy Things?. Jeanette Goedeke led the Bible study on the book of Amos.

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