The high school career of Clyde Tombaugh, Pawnee county farm boy who later discovered the ninth planet, Pluto, is described by Harry Rigby, first principal of Burdett Rural High School, in an article entitled, "The Stars Dipped Down Over Burdett," in the September, 1946, issue of the Kansas Teacher, Topeka. While a high school student Tombaugh constructed a home-made nine-inch Newtonian telescope. He is now a visiting professor of astronomy at the University of California.
Among articles of particular interest to Kansans in the September, 1946, number of the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, Lawrence, were: "How Lakes Came to Kansas," by Edwin O. Stene; "Study of the Production of DDT," by T. T. Castonguay and R. L. Ferm; "Kansas Mycological Notes: 1945," by S. M. Pady, C. O. Johnston and E. D. Hansing; "Kansas Botanical Notes: 1945," by Frank C. Gates; "The Yellow-headed Blackbird in Douglas County," by H. W. Setzer and R. L. Montell, and "Milkweed Floss Collection in Kansas," by C. F. Gladfelter. Biographical sketches of Dr. Arthur E. Hertzler, of Halstead, famous surgeon and writer, were published in many Kansas newspapers following his death on September 12, 1946. He was the author of The Horse and Buggy Doctor (1938), and other books.
A number of historical articles of interest to Kansans, written by Cecil Howes, have been printed in the Kansas City (Mo.) Times in recent months. They include a sketch of Col. Samuel N. Wood, a leader of Free-State settlers who was slain years later in the Stevens county-seat war, September 16, 1946; a discussion of the purposes of American Indian day together with a sketch concerning tribes who settled in the area embraced by present Kansas, September 23; "Pony Express, Planned in Kansas City, Edged Out by Telegraph 85 Years Ago," October 21; a sketch of the career of George A. Root, who was a staff member of the Kansas State Historical Society for more than 55 years, October 28; "'Lord' William Scully's Kansas Domain Caused Absentee Landlordism Crisis," November 6; "Dozens of Heavily Traveled Trails in Kansas Are Forgotten in History," November 16, and "Annexation of Kansas City, Mo., to Kansas Was Attempted at Least Three Times," December 12.
Articles by Mr. Howes in the Kansas City (Mo.) Star included "Kansas Has Neglected the Sunflower, Raised Commercially in Other States," August 31, 1946, and a sketch on the founding of Topeka, December 4.
An airship hoax of 50 years ago was recalled by the Le Roy Reporter, September 20, 1946. The Reporter recounted the circumstances surrounding the tale of the late Alexander Hamilton of Le Roy and Vernon. It concerned an airship which swooped low over the Hamilton ranch, manned by foreigners who roped a heifer from the feed lot. Mr. Hamilton's story was printed in The Farmers Advocate, Yates Center, April 23, 1897. Its subsequent appearance in the metropolitan newspapers brought inquiries concerning the "mysterious airship" from places as far distant as London.
The Smith County Pioneer, Smith Center, has entered its seventy-fifth year of publication and issued an anniversary edition on September 26, 1946. The issue contains a picture of the early day cabin of Dr. Bruce Higley, still standing on Beaver creek. It was in this cabin in the 1870's that Dr. Higley composed the words to the song, "Home on the Range." Articles in the anniversary issue include a historical sketch of Smith Center, by Mrs. Florence Uhl; "Some Early Day Happenings in the Lebanon and Salem Communities," by Ray Myers; "Pioneer Physicians and Remedies Used in Early Days of Smith County," by Margaret A. Nelson; "Organization of Smith County" and "Harlan Vicinity Settled by Iowans in Early Seventies."
A 96-page "Chautauqua County Honor Roll Edition," containing pictures of more than 600 men and women who served in World War II, was published by the Sedan Times-Star, September 26, 1946. The issue contained individual sketches of veterans, listing the theaters in which each served and awards received. "Chautauqua County Home Front Does Part in World Conflict" was the title of one of the featured articles. Another told the story of Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker, who was lost in action in the Battle of Midway. General Tinker attended schools at Elgin and Sedan.
Neodesha newspapers printed a number of historical sketches in connection with the city's diamond jubilee celebration held October 30 and 31, 1946. A series of articles entitled "Diamond Jubilee" appeared in the Neodesha News, September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28 and December 5. Mrs. Kate Winter
Pingrey was the author of a group of historical sketches published in the Neodesha Register, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7 and 14. The city was incorporated in 1871.
The story of the Pony Express which was operated across northeast Kansas in 1860-1861 was reviewed by Milton Tabor in the Topeka Daily Capital, October 13, 1946. Another feature was a page illustrated article on Holton, entitled "Backbones of the American Way, Country Towns Are Here to Stay," by Rachel Snyder.
A brief description of early days on Medicine creek, Rooks county, appeared in an article in the Rooks County Record, Stockton, October 17, 1946. The description is from a letter written by the late S. S. Boggs, county surveyor, who settled in Rooks county in 1871.
The Augusta Daily Gazette issued a 24-page edition featuring historical articles on October 21, 1946. It was printed in connection with the city's jubilee celebration, marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the incorporation of the municipality in 1871. Augusta was named for Mrs. Augusta James, wife of C. N. James, first postmaster and prominent citizen, the Gazette said. Articles in the jubilee edition included a historical sketch of Augusta and Augusta township by N. A. Yeager; stories of Augusta's school system and early merchants, by Stella B. Haines; an early-day history of Douglass by Daisy Shamleffer; a description of the early days at Rose Hill; a biography, of G. C. Wirth, government teamster on the plains in the 1860'x, and a biographical sketch of August Kuster, early settler and former county official. Illustrations included portraits of C'. N. James and Mrs. Augusta James; a 1917 view of Haskins camp, a settlement south of Augusta during the oil boom; the Frisco band of the late 1890'x, and the baseball team about 1905.
The Iola Register entered its fiftieth year of publication as a daily newspaper on October 25, 1946. The daily Register was established on October 25, 1897, by the late Charles F. Scott, who for 15 years previously had edited the weekly Register. The weekly edition was discontinued several years after the daily Register was founded. Angelo Scott is the present editor and publisher.
A story by Ralph Wallace of the teaching career of Howard R. Barnard of LaCrosse, who founded the Entre Nous school in Rush county in the early 1900's, was printed in The Rotarian, Chicago, November, 1946. A condensation of the article, entitled "Great
Teacher of the Plains," appeared in The Reader's Digest, Pleasantville, N. Y., November, 1946. Mr. Barnard is librarian of the LaCrosse city library.
Two articles are devoted to the late John Steuart Curry, Kansas artist, in the Winter, 1946, number of The University of Kansas City Review. They were written by Thomas H. Benton and S. A. Nock. Another article on Curry's career, by John Alexander, was published in the Kansas City (Mo.) Times, August 30, 1946.
Several historical articles appear in the 1947 issue of The Kansas Magazine, Manhattan. They include "William Allen White: Composite American," by Walter Johnson; "The High Priest of Horse Sense," a story of the life of Walt Mason, by Harry Levinson; "Saga of the Plains Jack Rabbit," by Theo. H. Scheffer; "Rugged Individuals," pointing out many odd names among early-day newspapers, by Cecil Howes; "Martial Music of the Civil War," by Henry Ware Allen; "John Steuart Curry," by Maynard Walker, and "The Tree Apostle of Kansas," a chapter in the life of Richard Smith Elliott, by Edwin W. Mills.