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After five months of data, the Social Security COLA for 2019 is at .9% as of March 13, 2018.
The Good Old Days / Socialism in Elk County
February 23, 2018, 12:11:46 PM
Appeal to Reason, Girard, Kansas, July 25, 1914

Fiat was about 2.5 miles east of K-99 on Pioneer Road. The Howard Citizen, a democrat paper, and the Howard Courant, a republican paper, probably both covered the event as it may have been the biggest event to ever hit Elk County.

The Appeal to Reason newspaper started in Kansas City around 1895 but soon moved to Girard in Crawford County eighty miles east of Howard. The newspaper attained a high point circulation of 400,000 to 700,000, depending on source, but went out in 1922. It was the largest circulation socialist newspaper in the U.S.

Girard was also a home to socialist Eugene V. Debs, who ran for president in 1904, 1908, and 1912. In 1920, he ran for president again but from a cell in the Atlanta penitentiary.
The Good Old Days / No More Tin Bridges in Elk County
December 31, 2017, 03:01:49 PM

Daily Republican, Cherryvale, Kansas, February 12, 1912
The Good Old Days / Runaways
December 30, 2017, 12:36:19 PM

The Daily Commonwealth, Topeka, Kansas, February 10, 1881
The Coffee Shop / Merry Christmas
December 24, 2017, 07:06:26 PM
Merry Christmas everyone
The Good Old Days / Grocery Store in Howard Robbed
December 23, 2017, 10:28:49 AM

Hays Daily News, Hays, Kansas, January 28, 1976

In 1976, there does not appear to have been a quick stop grocery on the highway in Howard.

Tom & Sue's IGA was located at 130 North Wabash. I believe that was the only grocery store in town.

From 1975-1980, I lived in Mulvane and recall my Uncle telling me that someone broke into his barbershop overnight. His shop was in what is now the northernmost portion of the Family Market He had nothing in the shop that night but the perps worked in his backroom to break through a wall into the next building south, which might have been the Red Door gift shop at the time. I don't recall if he said they tried to get into Batson's drug store from the Red Door. And, I don't know if this is the same event or not.

At any rate, $907 in 1976 is equivalent to $3,800 in 2016 according to the Morgan Friedman inflation calendar.

Another report in an Iola newspaper says that at Severy, twelve women entered the grocery store during operating hours. Several distracted the clerk while others apparently opened the drawer and took the money.
The Good Old Days / Elk County's $800,000 Fence
December 19, 2017, 04:15:37 PM

Atchison Daily Champion, Atchison, Kansas, January 13, 1877
The Good Old Days / Super Ear?
December 17, 2017, 02:17:11 PM
1,440 grains is .21 or a fifth of a pound. I have not weighed an ear of corn lately so don't know how this might compare to some of the super strains bought in the supermarket.

At this point in time, the Elk County Ledger was in Elk Falls.

Oskaloosa Independent, Oskaloosa, Kansas, September 25, 1875.
The Good Old Days / Kansas Does Not Want Elk County
December 17, 2017, 01:56:56 PM
Kansas Does Not Want Elk County by a vote of 59-33.

This law would have created Elk County and left the remainder of Howard County as Howard County.

Oswego Independent, Oswego, Kansas, February 14, 1874

The Coffee Shop / Thanksgiving
November 23, 2017, 10:50:38 AM
Have a good Thanksgiving everyone.

Dont eat too much turkey....
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