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From the Past

100 years ago


From the January 13, 1913 Louisburg Herald
Cabin Notes, a weekly column, notes the arrival of some new artifacts added to those already on display at the Homer Williams Log Cabin Museum: Little Andy McCoy contributed an old pistol that he said someone secured from the James Boys. (Note: There are two Andrew McCoys buried in the Louisburg Cemetery. Since the note describes him as little Andy McCoy, the reference seems to have been to the younger of the two. Little Andy McCoy was 12 years old at the time. It would be hard to imagine how much uproar would occur today if a 12 year old, 6th grade boy, was spotted toting a pistol on the streets of 2013 Louisburg.) Mrs. Boyle sent two pieces of moss, taken from the grave of Kit Carson, the great scout. (Note: The Log Cabin Museum was located on the north side of South 1 st (earlier known as Sinclair) between Doyle and Sims Streets. Sometime in the 80s the Cabin was torn down and the artifacts it contained are presently unaccounted for.) Other front page news: The local Ford dealers received a car of Ford autos this morning, Friday. There were four cars in the shipment, which came direct from Detroit. (Note: A car of Ford autos presumably means one rail car, delivered by the KATY railroad.) Contained in a column titled Purely Personal are listed the comings and goings of Louisburg citizens and their relatives, including trips taken to destinations as short as Bucyrus and Paola and as far away as Europe. One has to remember that automobile transportation was in its infancy in 1913; many peoples mode of transport was still via horse or horse-drawn carriage on primitive roads, making even 20-mile trips anything but the trivial undertaking that we consider them to be in 2013. Other trips of much longer distances are mentioned: A.E. Whitaker left Tuesday for Florida and Havana, Cuba. Mrs. Lottie Lavier and son, Robert, enroute to Washington, where they expect to make their future home, stopped off here Friday for a short visit with her sisters, Mrs. W. D. Menefee and Mrs. S. C. Bogle. This is the first time the sisters have met for forty years Louisburg Herald subscriptions cost $1 per year, in advance. Two photos, titled Destroying Booze in Kansas show stockpiles of confiscated beer and hard liquor being destroyed by officials in Independence, Kansas. (Note: Since national prohibition, via the 18th

Amendment to the Constitution would not occur until 1920, the confiscation and destruction of this liquor is obviously for violating local or Kansas law, not Federal.) Interstate Mercantile Company advertizes that We Sell Everything and is conducting a sale on winter merchandise, rugs, and linoleum. The farm sale of Asa Thomas will be conducted at the Joe Legner farm, located one mile southwest of Louisburg, on January 31, 1913. For sale are nine horses, five mules, 23 head of cattle, 11 head of sheep, 29 head of brood sows, 10 tons of feed, 1 wagon, 1 buggy, and numerous pieces of harness and collars. Terms of sale are, under $10, cash. Over $10, a credit of nine months will be given on bankable notes bearing 8% from date. 4% off for cash. Andy Weir, auctioneer, Claude McDowell, clerk.

50 years ago
From the January 24, 1963 Louisburg Herald
Reverend A. J. Phelan, pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church in Louisburg, will retire at the end of this month. A reception will be held January 27, 1963 from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the Immaculate Conception Church. Father Phelan began his assignment in Louisburg on September 15, 1936. Louisburg High School Cheerleaders Mary Sloan, Teresa Barker, Linda Vohs, Linda Roop, and Joyce Barnes are pictured with the Pep Club mascot, Terry Criss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Criss. Louisburgs newest building, the John P. Hand Post of the American Legion, is practically completed. Though not complete, the building is already in use, with the Legion having held their New Years Eve dance in this building. Polio vaccine will be here Sunday, January 27, 1963. The Type II Sabin vaccine will be given at the Community Hall from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Louisburg Boys Basketball Team beat the Baldwin Bulldogs, 73-58. Jerry McWilliams led all scorers with 23, Doug Cook had 16, Art Vohs had 15, Lary Simmons had 14, and Jim Breckenridge had 5. Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cook celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 20th. Marilyn Harris and Robert (Bob) Leach were married on January 20 th at the Assembly of God Church by Rev. Rodney Stanbro. The 69 Grill has re-opened on Highway 69. The home of the Don Schaal family, located on the old Knecht farm, 3 miles northwest of Louisburg, was completely destroyed by fire. Mr. and Mrs. Schaal and their seven children are homeless in below zero weather. Mrs. Dale Wise is leading an effort to collect clothes and household goods for the family.

Ronnie Weers led the Louisburg Town Team basketball squad to a victory over Stanley, hitting 23 points. Winton Town followed with 14. A letter from Helen Haefele, who has been in Washington, D.C. for two months, is published. Cards of Thanks appear from Marie Vohs, Jack White and Frank Bostic, who have had recent hospital stays. Mrs. Dale Wise hosted a birthday party for her daughter Paula, who turned two years old. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Barnes returned to their home in Spokane, Washington after a trip to Madrid, Spain. Mr. Barnes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Barnes of Louisburg. Jobes Dairy Whirl announces they will open January 25 th. Townes Grocery advertises Swifts Sweet Rasher bacon at 39 cents per pound. D. A. Glenn, real estate broker, advertises 40 acres with house on 69 highway, $15,000. An In Appreciation note is published from Margaret and Freddie Grinzinger on the recent passing of Fritz Grinzinger. An In Memoriam note is published, from the family of Raymond Leon Mitchell, who died four years previously at the age of 14.

25 years ago
From the January 28, 1988 Louisburg Herald
Joe Towne and Cliff Caswell file to run for Mayor; Gary Criss and Paul Clardy file for Councilman. Incumbent Mayor Roger Coltrin and Councilman Wayne Knop did not seek re-election. Phil Thomas, in his From the Past column, mentions receiving a letter from Tilton Hines which told of the passing of Harry Elkins. The letter stated that Elkins had been killed, but Phil did not elaborate. Elkins had been a mechanic at Rosner Motor Company after WWII. The Bank of Louisburg, est. 1880, runs an ad congratulating Lois Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Orval Kohlenberg for being 1988 Kansas Bankers Association Conservation Award winners. (Note: The Bank of Louisburg is, at this time, perilously close to insolvency due to financial losses in previous years.) First Kansas Federal Savings offers 1 year Certificates of Deposit paying 7% and 7 year CDs paying 9%. And explosion and fire at the J and J Metal Products facility in Paola leaves two men dead and one critically injured.

10 years ago
From the January 22, 2003 Louisburg Herald
Photo of Malerie White leading the Louisburg High School Dance Team and a host of young dancers during halftime of the Louisburg boys basketball game in the LHS gym appears on the front page. Guetterman Brothers Farms, Bucyrus, is honored with a No-Till Innovator Award during a banquet at the National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis, January 10th. Louisburg Herald Editorial: The time has come to raise income taxes. (The editor feels that increasing property taxes is not a feasible solution to fund schools; he asserts that raising income taxes is better.) Dorothy Windisch is honored for her 25 years of service at Peoples Bank (formerly the Bank of Louisburg). A reception in her honor is being held January 30th at the bank. Paden Town earns his rank of Eagle Scout. Joseph Watson Gillogly, 85, of West Line passed away Jan. 10th. He was the son of Oscar and Katie Gillogly. Community Talent Show auditions will be held Jan. 25th, 1-3 pm at the High School Auditorium. The Talent Show will be held Saturday, Feb. 8th, at the High School Auditorium. Brad Marks and Tyler OBrien each scored 15 points and Cooper Link tossed in 10 points to lead Louisburg to a 63-49 win over DeSoto in the opening round of the Spring Hill Invitational basketball tournament Monday night. The Louisburg High School girls basketball team opened a 20 point lead at halftime and never looked back en route to whipping Adrian, 47-28, Monday night in Adrian. Jennifer Donner scored 14 points to lead the Lady Cats. Other scorers were Katie Didier, 8 points; Amanda Creamer, 7; Erin Gettler, 7; Melissa Higgins, 6; Lauren Westhoff, 3; and Jennie Gettler, 2. New conservation award won by cousins. George and Betty Reed; Margie Rogers Schmagel and Emalee Rogers Whitlock, all cousins, have won a new conservation award added this year by the Miami County Conservation District.

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