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Judge Clement A. Reed announced his resignation as cyclops in the Coffeyville KKK

Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives

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100 Years Ago  

Nov. 19-21, 1922  

Judge Clement A. Reed of the court of Coffeyville today announced his resignation from the official position of cyclops in the Coffeyville Ku Klux Klan realm of Kansas. An ouster suit against the Ku Klux Klan will be filed in state supreme court this afternoon, it was stated at the attorney general's office this morning. The suit will charge the organization operates in Kansas contrary to law because it has no charter here.  

The end of the naturalization session of the district court, will be reached this afternoon, by Judge A. J. Curran, before whom the applications are being heard. The hearing of this session has been featured by the large number of successful applicants, 29 having passed the required examination up to the time court adjourned at noon today. The hearing is being conducted in division No. 1 of the district court.  

The third jury before which Jess Neet was tried for the robbery last December of the Sinclair Oil Co. filling station in Pittsburg was discharged after reporting this afternoon that it was unable to reach a verdict. C. A. Burnett, county attorney, announced he would request a fourth trial at the next term of the court. Neet earlier served time in the Kansas penitentiary for a murder at the corner of Fourth and Pine streets.  

Older Boy Scouts of the city were entertained last night at the home of the scout executive, Bernie Goodrum, 109 E. Quincy Ave. The evening was spent in a study of Indian lore and the boys were taught such craft as the beading for Indian clothes, making head dresses and beading for bags for tinder for fire making sets. Mr. Goodrum showed them some Indian dances and ceremonials.  

All four of the soccer football games scheduled for Sunday were played with large crowds reported in attendance. Sunday's games completed the schedule for the first half of the season, Chicopee leading with five victories. Playing a fast game all the way, the Chicopee Decker-Billings team defeated Franklin, 3-1. This contest was played at Chicopee, the home eleven playing probably its best game of the season. 

50 Years Ago  

Nov. 19-21, 1972  

The Board of Crawford County Commissioners decided yesterday to pay Pittsburg the $17,118 the county owed the city although payment will add to the county's financial difficulties. The amount is the 1971 reimbursement of taxes the county owes Pittsburg under state statute for running its own ambulance service. Even before the payment the county expected to be short $54,516.11 this year.  

Bids for construction of a junior high school and six classrooms to be added to the elementary school at Arma are now being accepted by Unified School District 246, superintendent Sam Nicoletti said. The closing date for bids is December 20. The work will be financed by a $299,000 bond issue approved by voters in June. Nicoletti expects the work to be completed by Aug. 1, 1973.  

Pittsburg has been selected as the first location in Kansas for a "Mr. Quick” drive-In restaurant. Company officials were in Pittsburg yesterday to announce plans for the new business to be located at the southeast corner of 10th and Broadway. “Mr. Quick” restaurants now operate in nine states. The company's 60th unit opened last week in Springfield, Mo., and 13 more are under construction.  

Leroy Nelson, pleading guilty to a charge of malicious destruction of property, was sentenced by Judge Don Musser in District Court in Pittsburg yesterday to serve from one to five years in prison. Nelson was alleged to have broken a window at John's Sports Center in Pittsburg. He escaped from the county jail in Girard about a week ago, but voluntarily gave himself up and was returned to jail last Monday.  

A fantastic finish by Mike Nixon gave the Pittsburg State College senior a victory over two internationally known track stars as he raced to a record-setting 24:29 over the hilly, five-mile Claycrest national championship cross country course in Liberty, Mo., yesterday. Nixon left Rex Maddaford and David Antagnoli 90 yards in his wake in setting the new course record and winning the national championship.  

25 Years Ago  

Nov. 19-21, 1997  

Raymond Gill has pled not guilty to allegations he sodomized and then murdered his 24-year-old girlfriend. During his arraignment yesterday in Cherokee County District Court in Columbus, Gill, 20, of Pittsburg, entered pleas of not-guilty to complaints of first degree murder and aggravated criminal sodomy in connection with the slaying of Dana Sisk, strangled in her Pittsburg home early May 17.  

It took 12 weeks before students in Pittsburg State University's second year HVAC and refrigeration program decided to take matters into their own hands. Nine students enrolled in the class signed a petition asking for “recompensation for loss of lab time." The lab in the Kansas Technology Center has not had electricity the entire semester. The petition got attention of the administration.  

Author Leslea Newman is confused about something. "I have been called the most dangerous writer living in America today," she told her audience yesterday in at Pittsburg State University. “How did a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn get to be such a thing?” Newman is the author of more than 20 books, including “Heather Has Two Mommies,” which is about a little girl whose family consists of two mothers and no father.  

More than 50 parents relived “the good old days" yesterday as they participated in “Parents/Grandparents as Students” day at Pittsburg Middle School. Students were allowed to stay home from school provided a parent or grandparent took their place in classes. "I had a few jitters coming up the front steps,” Paul Colyer said. “It's been 28 years since I've been in school as a student."  

Despite noise and inconvenience, Carol Ann Robb says she can begin to get excited about the Pittsburg Public Library renovation. With the addition completed for several weeks now, renovation is the last step in a lengthy and involved project – one of three Pittsburg capital improvements funded by a $5 million sales tax. Architect Vance Kelley said he does not consider the old Carnegie project a restoration. 

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