MEADE COUNTY "'NEWS
MEADE, KANSAS. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 1912.
JUST LOOK AT THOSE BAGGY KNEES, Why don't you
have your trousers pressed. Old
Clothes made New and hew Clothes made Too.
Local Candidates and Issues
As election approaches it be
hooves each and every good
citizen to carefully consider the
merits and qualifications of ev
ery local candidate, and to en
quire into the merits of any prop
osition to be voted on It is not
the part of a good citizen to vote
blindly for his party nominee
without regard to the candidate
" fitness, but county officials should
be chosen entirely upon their
- 'merits, the same as any employee
It is not a question as to wheth
er a condidate is a good demo
crat, repuDlicau, socialist or oth
r partism, because be can neith
er hinder or advance the interest
" of any party by reason of his
holding a county office, but it is
important whether lie be honest,
y efficient and qualified, snJ in"
Choosing these officers fee only
question should be, whom of the
candidates will give the best ser
vice if etected?
There is a general tendency,
not only in Meade County, but
elsewhere, to keep a good official
Jvheti you get one. The old idea J
that no man should have at of
fice lcmger thafl two terms orltfU
haled wfaen the doctrine that a
public toffiCe was a private snap
was in Vd;i but tinder the ntw
dispensation-, tinder the Uta that
a public office is, a public trust,
and not reward for parly work
ers, kt people have learned that
there no more reason for drop
ping a man from office because
v he has served so long a lime
than there is for discharging an
1 employee from a business insti
tution for the same reason.
Acting upon the above theory
the democrats did not bring out
a candidate against County Clerk
Pressly, Register of Deeds Gray,
and Treasurer Sweet. And for
the same reason the republicans
placed no one against Clerk of
the Court Elliott and County At
torney Sullivan. There was a
general belief that well enough
should be let alone, and so these
gentlemen will succeed them
selves iu office, without opposi
tion, as they of right should.
There was also a general dis
position among the republicans
to bring out no one against Judge
Randolph for Probate Judge,
and no nomination papers were
filed by or for any republican for
this office, but there was one
man in the County who consid
ered that the Judge had held the
office long enough, and so caused
his friends to write his name in
upon the republican primary
ballot as the republican nominee
for this office.
This was comparatively an
easy matter as it requires but
five per cent of the party vote
for a man to get his name on the
ballot in this way.
Judge Randolph has made an
exceptionally good Probate Jud
ge. No more honest, courteous,
manly man than John Randolph
ever braved the wintry blizzards
and summer suns of Meade
county, and Meade county has
ever been blessed with the best
people of the earth. He settled
in Meade county twenty-eight
years ago and is too well known
to need5ny testimonials. The
records of bis office are models of
completeness: he has thoroughly
informed himself in the law per
taining to his duties, and his long
service, his careful and system
atic study, research and investi-
'&ations have so qualified him that
be is now one of the best Pro
bate Judges in the State of Kan
' t8. His defeat would be a gen-
Machine-Shop and General
The power has just been turn
ed on in the building east of
Sell's blacksmith shop, and west
of the Southern Hotel, to operate
the machine and general repair
shop which A. Afanador and his
son, A. J. Afanador, have opened
in Meade. The machinery is
about ready to operate and the
new shop is now ready to take
any work in the machine line,
automobile repairing or repair
ing of any kind. Mr. Afanador
will represent the Model Gas
Engine Works, of Peru, Indiana
and will hanele the Congo auto
mobile tires. Mr. Afanador of
fers the community, his services
as a competent mechanic aud
wishes to thank the pepple of
Meade for their co-operation
given hyu in locating his enter
uine loss to the County, and it is
a dut that every citizen owes to
himself and to the public, to re
tain J. H. Randolph In his pres
ent Office RS long as he can be in
duced to accept it.
- Thomas Martin is asking for a
.second term as Sheriff. If any
one knows any reason why Tom
should not bg re-elected he. has
So far remained mute. There
has not been the slightest criti
cism of his work,' and no higher
recommendation tlan this can
be given an official, "for there are
always plenty of people to crit
icize an official for the least mis
take of commission or omission.
For the important office of
County Superintendent the dem
ocratic party invites you to sup
port Pearl Wood Smith, a Meade
County girl who has made good
as teacher who will make good as
an officer if given an opportunity.
This is an office which for many
years, by common consent, has
been set apart especially for the
ladies, and if anyone knows
reason why it should not contin
ue to be held by a lady let him
speak now or forever hold his
While representative is not
strictly speaking a county office,
yet as this district comprises
Meade County alone it is prac
tically the same thing. Do you
know of any reason why Dr. H.
J. Sloss should not represent
this district in the Legislature?
Do you know of ANY reason why
his opponent would represent
you better? A man of good
judgement and big ideas and
ideals, a man with a level head
filled with good common sense,
a man about whose integrity of
purpose there is no suspicion is
the man the voters should send
to the legislature, and just such
a man is Dr. Sloss.
There is one important matter
to be submitted to the voters of
Meade County and that is the
matter of extending county aid
to High Schools. There, is at
present but one accredited h'gh
school in the county and that is
located at Meade. Both Fowler
and Plains have felt the need of
such a school, but have been un
able to conduct one on account of
the expence. It has been all that
Meade can do to conduct such a
school: there are now in Meade
high school a considerable num
ber of pupils from Plains, Fow
ler, and from other parts of the
County, and the tuition charged
is only one dollar per month, but
we are informed by the school
board that unless relief be ob
tained from other sources it will
be necessary to raise the price
oi tuition to possibly five dollar
At the farm of one of our pros
perous Meade county farmers,
last week, a straw vote of the
grain haulers and threshing
crew (nineteen in all) was taken'.
The result was as follows:
Wilson " l :i
And this is at about the same
rate that Wilson is going to take
things at the November election
more than twice the vote of
his opponents combined.
per month in order to raise funds
with which to carry on the
school. Under the Barnes law,
under which this question is sub
mitted, any high school receiving
county aid must admit, free of
tuition, any pupil residing in the
County. A graduate from such
a high school is admitted, with
out examination, to the State Uni
versity, or to any of the other
state educational institutions.
Without such a high school in I
the county students desirous of
taking a university course must
spend two years away from
home taking a preparatory
Course before entering the uni
versity. The law now provides
that after May 1st, 1913 no per
son shall be granted a teachers
certificate who has not completed,
at least one year of school work
in an accredited high school: two
years after May 1st, 1915, and
four years after May 1st, 1917.
So unless Meade County can
maintain such a school in order
that teachers may be prepared,
it will only be a matter of two or
three years until we will runout
of qualified teachers. And that
no school district has sufficient
valuatian to mantain such a
school without County aid has
been fully demonstrated.
The question of adopting the
provisions of the Barnes law will
be submitted to the voters at the
coming election. If it should
carry the Commissioners are
empowered to levy a tax, not to
exceed six-tenths of a mill, for
the benefit of such high schools,
and the funds derived from this
tax are equally divided among
the accredited high schools of
the county. The increase in
taxation will be so trivial as not
to be noticed: should' the max
imum tax be levied the man who
pays tax on one thousand dollars
valuation will pay but sixty cents
in high school tax. Should this
measure carry Meade can con
tinue her high school, Plains and
Fowler can both establish such
a high school, and the tuition to
each will be free to all pupils re
siding in the County: teachers
can prepare for their profession
without leaving the-county: the
cost will be less than a bushel of
wheat for the average taxpayer,
and the advantages will be such
as cannot be measured by money
value. And yet the financial
benefits will not be lacking: good
any country can put forth: the
very fact of the assurance of one
or more accredited high schools
in the county will increase the
value of all real estate many
times the increase in taxation: it
will induce immigration, and en
courage the investment of capit
al, and the money sent out of
the County every year to defray
the expenses of pupils of high
schools and in ' preparatory
courses will be saved our citizens
and this saving alone would near
ly, if not quite, equal the amount
of the increased taxation.
Captain W. C.Osgood, one of
the oldest and best known citi
zens of Meade,, has answered the
last roll call.
Mr. Osgood had been quite
sick for more than two weeks
but it was thought that he was
much better, but a turn came
for the worst and on October 12,
1912, he passed to the great be
yond. Mr. Osgood was born in Law
renceburg, Indiana, November
1, 1833. He lei t Indiana in 1858
for Kansas, 'where he became
associated with and fought in
the border war with Colonel
James Lane, afterward returning
to Versailes, Ohio. When the
call for Volunteers was made at
the time of the rebellion the was
among the first to organize a
company. He organized Com
pany E, of the 40th Ohio, and
the following year was commis
sioned Captajh, Jfj tjjis capacity
be served with great distinction
through th.c war, In this great
'aiise, he was accompanied by
bis father and two brother?, In
action, his father gaVe his life,
in Andersonville prison tttf bro
ther died, and fVOtti it !R other
brother escaped-, After the war
Mr. bsro'dd. Yeturne'd to Ohio
Mer tec Several years he suc
'cee'ilfully engaged in the grain
aTid mercantile business. In
1884, responding to the "call of
the west" he came to Wichita.
where he again engaged in the
grain business. A little later be
moved to Meade, where for a
time he conducted the, Osgood
Hotel, and which was "home" to
many a weary traveler in the
early history of Meade. Later
he was appointed postmaster,
and the duties of that office he
most faithfully discharged.
Since retiring from the office of
postmaster, he has lived rather
a retired life. -
In early life he united with the
Baptist cjiurch. He is known
to every resident of Meade coun
ty as an honest up-right citizen,
a man strong in his convictions
and one always to be found, in
favor of what was for the best of
all. He was a familiar character
upon the streets of Meade, and
many will note his absence.
With his departnre the first
link of thefamily chain is broken.
His wife, Mrs. William C. Os
good, his son, William C. Os
good Jr., of Pratt, his twodaugh
ters, Mrs. R. P. Smith, of Wich
ita, Kansas, and Mrs, F. Gray,
of Hutchinson, two sisters and
three drand-daughters are left
to mourn his loss.
The funeral services were
held jSunday, at the residence
under the auspices of the
G. A. R. Post No. 388 and the
sons of Veterans, Rev. Baker of
ficiating. Interment was made
in Graceiand cemetery.
The bereaved ones have the
sympathy of the entire commu
nity in their loss.
You who believe in the de
velopment of your County, who
believe in having the best educa
tional system obtainable, who
have the interests of the rising
generation at heart, and who are
willing and desirous of giving
our boys and girls the education
al opportunities which many of
us were denied, should vote for
adopting the provisions of this
law, It is not a matter that ef
fects any particular district or
locality, but is of equal import
ance to all of Meade County, and
any school district in need of a
high school can secure its pro
portion pt the revenue raised un
der thuact. Vote "YJSS" on
this proposition by all means.
Meade County Cattle Bring
Krom Drove Telegram
D. E.Ballard & Sons had 150
white face yearlings here Mon
day from their Meade county
ranch. They weighed 645 lbs
and sold for $7.15 per cwt. This
is the highest price on this mar
ket this year for yearlings.
They still have several hundred
cattle of the same kind. They
have one of the best ranches in
Kansas, and take pride in breed
ing good grade cattle.
D. E. Ballard & Sons, of Meade
Kansas,.owners of 16.000 acres
of farm and grazing land, market
ed yesterday a very choice bunch
of stockers. There were 160
head in the , consignment that
averaged 645 pounds and sold
Mr. Wm. P. Hunter and Miss
Nina M. Meade, both of Plains,
Kanses, were united, in marriage
on Wednesday of last week by
Judge Randolph, at his office.
Mr. Albert Shelley, of Green
wich, Kansas, and Mrs. Carrie
Switzer, of this city, were united
in marriage last Saturday even
ing at the home of the bride's
Mrs. Swjtzer is well and favor
ably known in Meade, while Mr.
Shelley is a prosperous citizen
of Greenwich, Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Shelley will re
side in Meade.
The Ne.vs extends congratu
lations. Mr. Harry Belle my and Miss
Alice A. Ballard were united in
marriage in Kansas City on
Tuesday, October 8, 1912 Im
mediately after the ceremony
the newly married couple depart
ed for Washington Kansas, for a
short visit with Mrs. Belle my 'a
parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. E.
Miss Ballard is well and favor
ably known in Meade, having re
sided here for the past several
years. In church and social cir
cles she has been a great help
And favoiite. She is a most
highly respected lady.
Mr. Bellemy, whose home is
in Santa Fe, Kansas, has been in
Meade for the past two years, is
known by all as a most enterpris
ing and industrious, young man.
Mr. and Mrs. Bellemy will
make their home at the Ballard
ranch, south west of Meade.
A host of friends join The
News in extending congratula
tions to these young people and
wishing them all the happiness
and prosperity that this life af
A Car-load of Poultry
We expect to load a car of
poeltry Friday, October 25, for
shipment, and from now until
that date we will pay special
prices. Now is the time to mar
ket your -poultry. Remember
we buy poultry the year around.
10-17-1 Mkadk Poudtkv Co.
The Royal Neighbors will con
duct a food sale in the Rest room
on Saturday, October 19. This
will be the only place in town to
get your Sunday dinner already
cooked so don't forget it.
To Mr. and Mrs. Joe N. Ham
ilton on October 11, a boy.
There will be a meeting of the
Institute Saturday November 9th
at which time the prizes offered
last winter will be awarded in
stead of waiting till our January
meeting. On the acre of kaffir
and maize open to any farmer
in Meade county. Get a state
ment of a neighbor who picked
an average row of the acre and
bring the scale ticket to the Sec
retary. The President will or
have it done the same way for
the boys. Bring the ther en
tries to the court house by 2 p.
m. imov. 9th. The following are
the contests and prizes offered.
This will be mostly a volunteer
meeting. ' So arrange to be
there and take part. Ladies es
pecially invited and will try and
have something interesting for
Best 10 heads kaffir, $2.
Best acre of kaffir, $5.
Best 10 heads of maize, $2.
Best bu. Irish potatoes,
first $2; second SC..
Open to any farmer in Mead-
fiisi 10 ears corn f rom one acre
First $5; second $3; third $2.
Best acre of kaffir.
First $5; second $3; third 12.
Boys to be not over 21 Jan. 1
first $2; second $1.
For the girls under 21, January
Best pound of butter,
first $2; second $1.
Best loaf of bread,
first $2; second $1.
Best cake, first $2;. second $1.
Juo. Keith, Sec.
The following special prizes
offered by the merchants of
Meade, will be awarded at the
Farmers' InstituteNov. 9.
Open to any pupil in the pub
lic schools not over 18 yearn old.
No. 1. Best Booklet on "The ,
$2.50 Axminister Rug, Fletch
er Furniture Co.
No. 2. Best Drawing in the
perspective. 2 samples.
$2 00 Fountain Pen M. & M.
No. 3. Best Essay on "Kan
sas." Over 500 words.
Pair slippers, F. W. Fick.
No. 4. Bet cake made from "
Kelley's Famdus Flour.
$2.00 cake mixer. II G. Mar
shall. Mr. Marshall to have the cake.
No. 5, Best hand made Pil
$2.00 Ladies hand bag. Stev
ens Mer. t'o.
Mat j in J Haigh,
Social, Program, and Contest
At the new school house two
miles south of Lakeland, in
District No. 22, on Saturday
evening, October 19, 1912.
After a short program the
crowd will be served with the
best of refreshments. '
In the contest, the young lady
receiving the highest ntmber of
votes, for being the most popular
or prettiest, receives a hand
Everyone cordially invited.
Bazaar and Food Sale
The (Baptist Ladies will have a
food sale and bazaar in the Cones
building, on Saturday, October
26. Everyone is invited to assist
in any way they desire.
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