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What Stocktonites Were Doing 98 Years Ago

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While the courthouse will not be wholly completed by Fair time, the tile flooring will be laid and the marble wainscoting will be placed. It is intended to have the restrooms and public apartment open for the use of all who come. Many people from all parts of the county will be here for the Fair, and they will want to inspect their building. The formal dedication of the building will be held later when all of the furniture is installed and the county officials have moved in. That will be made an important occasion.
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The 127th version of the Rooks County Free Fair was underway with over 1,000 people served at the free hamburger/hot dog event to kick-start the fair, plus Roger Cooper in concert on Sunday evening. There was still plenty of excitement and entertainment to come throughout the coming week.
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Grand Champions were: (front row, from left): Sarah Darnall, Jessica Forshee, Craig Dinkel; (back row, from left) Kristi Gartrell, Heather Gartrell, Ethan Gartrell, Jenna Stout, Cody Miller and Jonelle Forshee.
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* And So They Say: Howard Wanamaker: “About the only green thing one sees around here anymore are the weeds one sees growing along the edges of Main Street.” Ray Bigge: “Montana finally got around to paying its World War I bonus after 45 years. I just got mine today.” LeVeda Ives: “There are lots of interesting things to see in Kansas if people would just take the time to visit them.” Ina Copper: “I’ll certainly be glad when it starts snowing. I think I’ll go right out and walk barefoot in it.”
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The primary election was participated in by more people in Rooks County than in any former year, thereby fulfilling in a large degree the purpose of its creators. A. G. Schneider is nominated for representative by a majority of 32 votes. Ross Southard gets the nomination for county clerk over the present incumbent Mrs. Eades by 175 votes. Floyd Clayton is re-nominated for register of deeds by a majority of 251 over A. E. Hawk. Frank Phelps was the high man among the six candidates for sheriff, having a lead of 101 over his nearest competitor, Mr. Van Horn. Jim Lala of Ash Rock Township won the honors for commissioner in the first district. Mr. Van Dyke was second and Mr. Dougherty third. The contest among the Democrats was also for sheriff, and A.C. Gillilan got it by a safe margin.
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What Was Going On 14 Years Ago The 127th Rooks County Free Fair was set to kick off on Sunday, August 13, 2006, with a Free Hamburger Feed, followed by a concert featuring Roger Cooper, an “Unknown Kansas Original,” who had lived in Nashville before returning to their western Kansas roots, with his wife, Gwen, operating a very successful Gwen’s HomeTown Cafe, located in Alton. The Rooks County Relay for Life held Aug.
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SPOTLIGHTING THE YEAR…1963 * And So They Say: Jess Riffe: “This weather keeps me hopping, from air-conditioner to air-conditioner.” Erma Jean Price: “If anyone were to try to put a water well down now, they would have to go clear to China.” Clark Stockton (Monday): “If it were 30 degrees cooler, it would be a nice day.” * The water situation in Stockton was holding its own, but was still a serious matter and there was no indication as to when the restrictions were to be removed. City manager C.