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The Bar Cent
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     As I have mentioned in previous columns, it is alway interesting how much we take for granted.  So many of the things we take for granted today, at one time didn’t … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 27-29, 1924 The Ku Klux Klan last night held dedicatory ceremonies at Fair Grounds Park, on which it … more
UFOs reported over Mt. Olive Cemetery
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Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 26, 1924 In what was considered the most finished rendition of the oratorio ever given in Pittsburg, the … more
From St. Mary’s to Hot Springs
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It occurred to me this week that I published six episodes of Margaret Shaw Forsyth’s ‘The Joy of Working’ without giving much background on her start in Pittsburg and life following … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 24, 1924 A Carthage, Mo., man was seriously injured, suffering mangling of his left foot as he attempted to … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 23, 1924 Singing joyously and with an ease which left her free to enter wholeheartedly into the spirit of … more
The Ingalls Family
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     Last week I wrote about the Little House On The Prairie Site near Independence, KS.  It is just one of many interesting historical sites here in our corner of the … more
Step into the Wild West
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Crawford County Historical Museum will host its annual Cowboy Days event on April 26th and 27th at the Crawford County Historical Museum. This event is designed to … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 20-22, 1924 An auspicious opening for the 10th annual music festival of the Teachers College was last night … more
Police bust up stills and a poker game
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Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 18, 1924 Raids on booze joints in Capaldo netted large quantities of mash and “choctaw," two stills … more
The Joy of Working Pt. 6
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This is the last installment of Margaret Shaw Forsyth’s adventures in radio in the 1950s. — J.T.K. You can’t please everybody.   With the first days of December, we began … more
Fire destroys Ft. Scott shops
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Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 17, 1924 Fire destroyed part of the Missouri Pacific railroad shops at Fort Scott last night with a loss … more
Job opportunities on the upswing
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Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 16, 1924 A suit for $22,900 has been filed at Fort Scott in federal court by Paul T. Brosnahan, former … more
The real Little House on the Prairie
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    I have always enjoyed history.  That included learning about my ancestry as well as the many areas in this United States that I have been privileged to visit.   However, many … more
Something God Knows
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My formal education is in the topology of 3-manifolds. You don’t need to know what any of that is, but let’s just say that I spent a lot of my time seeing things in my head and a lot more … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 13-15, 1924 The son of a pedagogue has the latest definition of a pedagogue – namely Richard Weede, … more
This is your song
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“My gift is my song, and this one’s for you.” — Elton John / Bernie Taupin Last week, as Linda and I watched Elton John and Bernie Taupin receive the Library of Congress … more
PSU moon buggies to compete at NASA
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Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 12, 1924 After a short deliberation, a jury in Girard brought in a verdict of guilty against Charles Sherman … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago April 11, 1924 By a surprisingly large majority in view of pre-election sentiment in the community, voters of the … more
The Joy of Working Pt. 5
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This week Margaret Shaw Forsyth continues her story about working at a new radio station in Kansas City. — J.T.K. It was an ordinary day.  Sitting at my top-of-the-stairs desk … more
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