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The Orphan Train

In a packed church on South Main Street, on a cold December night, a small group of children shuffled onto a stage, and waited helplessly to be chosen by a family. They’d been orphaned or abandoned by destitute families in the east. Back in New York, their chances of being adopted were slim. Times were […]

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A 1920’s Reading Lesson

The following is a story from a Beginner’s Reading set in the archives. I think it teaches an important moral lesson. … I’m just not sure what that lesson is supposed to be. A mule, a fox, and a lion were out walking together. They found a piece of meat. The lion said to the […]

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McPherson was a true Wild West town

This article appeared in the McPherson Republican newspaper in February 1883   One Man Killed and the Other Wounded   A.W. Ulrich and Bob Vice, two well borers who have been running a well auger together for some time, got into a quarrel in Webster   & Dean’s office where they were trying to settle. Vice drew […]

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