Rawlins  County



The Facts Concerning the Shooting of G. W. Gilmore, Near Atwood, Kan.

Atwood, Kan., Dec. 30 --- Last Tuesday night G. W. Gilmore, one of the oldest citizens of this county, while sitting before his kitchen stove, was shot by some unknown party, the charge of shot passing through the window, striking him squarely in the left side of the face.  The left eye was destroyed and the left side of the upper jaw shattered, but he is alive and may recover.  A short time ago Gilmore's wife left him and went back to her divorced husband in Nebraska.  Since that time Gilmore has had a Mrs. Ballou, a married woman, keeping house for him, which caused trouble between her and her husband and they, too, separated.  The attempted murder is supposed to be the result of these complications.
(Marion Record ~ Friday ~ January 1, 1897 ~ Page 2)


Citizens Give Soldier Boys A Big Sendoff

Drafted Men Entertained Royally Before Departure

Atwood, Kans., Oct. 4 --- In this northwest corner of the state the people of Atwood are showing their patriotism and loyalty to the young soldier boys who are going to Camp Funston.  The third installment is now on its way to the training camp.  All of Atwood patriotically entertained this third contingent as they did the other installments.  The exercises were under the auspices of the Red Cross and Commercial club, and consisted of band music, singing by the Glee club, parade by the school children, and short addresses by the Rev. Charles Nash and others.  Hundreds of autos conveyed the soldier boys, their parents, sweethearts and the loyal and patriotic people to the train who wished them good luck and safe return.  At the depot the soldier boys were treated to boxes of fruits, candies and cigars.


Atwood has less than 1,000 population.  The Red Cross society has been at work, and the city of Atwood has contributed over $3,500.  The people believe this town has done as well as any place of the same size, and more, too, than many towns in the state.  The Red Cross society of Atwood justly deserves the praise it has received from headquarters for the noble work it is doing.

On the night before their departure the soldier boys were entertained free at the picture show, and the Commercial club gave them a smoker at its hall.


The following is the roster of the boys who left Wednesday for Camp Funston:

Virgil F. Morton, Achilles, Kan.
Gay Litton, Atwood, Kan.
Ira J. Wright, Achilles, Kan.
Albert Bergling, Ludell, Kan.
Frank Carl Jenson, Rexford, Kan.
Martin Lienwetter, Herndon, Kan.
Joseph M. Rech, Beardsley, Kan.
Nick C. Bosier, Atwood, Kan.
Joseph Vachuta, Beardsley, Kan.
Roy Wm. Yoos, Achilles, Kan.
Carl Robert Carlson, Herndon, Kan.
Joseph Grafel, Herndon, Kan.
Carl Morgan, Chardon, Kan.
C. C. Durden, Atwood, Kan.
Mathew Wagoner, McDonald, Kan.
Henry H. Durant, Herndon, Kan.
Grant Blair, Cornell, Neb.
Fred Reuber, Herndon, Kan.
John Schissler, Herndon, Kan.
Francis W. Madsen, McDonald, Kan.
Clarence B. Beamgard, Atwood, Kan.
Joseph R. Claypool, Atwood, Kan.
Charles F. Ryba, Atwood, Kan.
Notwithstanding the fact the farmers of Rawlins county are seeding the largest acreage to wheat in the history of the country, many of them made this occasion a holiday to come to town and help give the soldier boys a hearty sendoff on their departure for the training camp.  The streets were lined with autos, and the sidewalks crowded with people.  It will be a day long to be remembered.
(Topeka State Journal ~ Thursday ~ October 4, 1917 ~ Page 10)


McDONALD, Kan. --- The State Bank of McDonald was entered Christmas Eve.  The burglars failed to get into the vault, but rifled some safety deposit boxes.

No estimate of loss can be made until box holders contact the bank, President Ross Wingfield said.  The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI entered the case.

Entry into the bank was gained through a basement window.
(Iola Register ~ Iola, KS ~ Wednesday ~ December 26, 1962 ~ Page 4)

TOPEKA --- The Kansas Bankers Association announced today a $500 reward for apprehension and conviction of persons involved in burglary of the Peoples State Bank at McDonald, Kan.

The McDonald bank was entered Christmas Eve and safe deposit boxes broken open.
(Iola Register ~ Friday ~ December 28, 1962 ~ Page 3)


TOPEKA, Kan., June 27 --- The Bank of McDonald, at McDonald, Kan., served notice on Bank Commissioner Breidenthal of its intention to quit business on July 1.  The banks says it can't afford to pay the war tax of $50.  It has only $5,000 capital.
(Lawrence Daily Journal ~ Monday ~ June 27, 1898 ~ Page 2)



Manhattan, Kan., Nov. 19 --- So many of her friends wrote the name of Miss Ethel Robinson on their ballot election day that she was elected county treasurer of Rawlins County, Kansas, although she did not seek the office.  Miss Robinson had refused to permit her friends to place her in nomination for the office because she wished to take work in home economics at the Kansas State Agricultural College this year.  But last week she was obliged to drop her college work and attend to her civic duties.  Miss Robinson had previously served as deputy county treasurer of Rawlins County.
(Emporia Gazette ~ Friday ~ November 19, 1920 ~ Page 3)



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