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The oral history of Lynn Fields
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Lynn Fields lacked some direction after graduating from Pittsburg High School in 1967. Not wanting to follow his father to Dickey Clay, Fields volunteered for military service. Assigned to the First … more
Ruth Buck turns 100 … one day at a time
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Many thanks to Cathy Ramey Reed for her Ruth Buck biography notes, which I used as an outline in visiting with Ruth and writing this column. — J.T.K. “On the farm there wasn’t … more
A Year and a Day, Pt. 1
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The following is excerpted from “A Year and a Day: July 11, 1964 - July 12, 1965” by Stephan A. George. Throughout his story he reports, in retrospect, what was happening in the outside … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Nov. 9, 1923 Bud McNally, Harvey Mann and William Bearman, Fort Scott youth, arrested here early yesterday, … more
The oral history of James AuBuchon 
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Once called “the very definition of a leader”, James AuBuchon began his military career in 1963 when he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from Pittsburg State University ROTC program. … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Nov. 8, 1923 Three men, who escaped in a motorcar, attempted to hold up the Farmers & Miners State Bank at … more
The oral history of Robert Haderlein  
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Originally enlisting as a Navy dentist in late 1945, Dr. Haderlein missed World War II. He was recalled during the Korean War and served with the Army and the Marines. After the war, Dr. Haderlein … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Nov. 7, 1923 Agitated discussion last night along Broadway in pool halls, barber shops, ice cream emporiums and … more
Denali National Park
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     Every year we hear about people traveling to Alaska.  It is a prized trip to win on numerous game shows.  Yes, it is a place to visit and is like no other in these … more
The oral history of Oscar Birt
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Born in Hutchinson, Kansas, in 1937, Private First Class Oscar Birt served in Korea only a few years after the armistice was signed. He reminisces about working in the parts room of a motor pool … more
SWMO sailor awarded Quilt of Valor
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, U.S. Navy veteran Wayne Reinhart received a Quilt of Valor in a short ceremony at the Pittsburg State Veterans’ Memorial for his … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Nov. 4-6, 1923 The chances of Pittsburg to have a modern six- or seven-story hotel building seem to be favorable, … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Nov. 3, 1923 Under a full head of steam, the Shrine special train bearing Pittsburg's delegation to Springfield, … more
Navy “gator” receives Quilt of Valor
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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Veterans’ Day is next weekend and communities and schools across the county are scheduling activities and remembrances. Two of the bigger events are posted by Pittsburg … more
Halloween Memories
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This recollection of Terry Bartlow’s sure brought back some memories of Halloween in the 1950s and 60s for me, especially outfits created by parents (in my case, Grandma Mary who made monkey … more
Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Nov. 2, 1923 More than one third of seats for the operas, “Madame Butterfly” and “La … more
A tear and a smile
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People of a certain age will remember what happened if you weren’t careful how you rolled the paper into an old Royal typewriter. Everything came out askew.   It’s the way … more
Mjolnir and Rough Cut Lumber
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We cannot learn until we are ready.  When we are ready, learning comes proportionally with effort. I am now into woodworking with hand tools. My favorite tool is the chisel.  … more
Railroad disaster averted by mere minutes
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Excerpted stories in Crawford County newspaper archives 100 Years Ago Oct. 27, 1923 Between 20 and 25 passengers on a J. & P. interurban car in route from Pittsburg to Columbus … more
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