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Lincoln County Kansas
HUMOR

In gleaning items such as births, marriages and deaths from old newspapers of Lincoln County, one is often struck by the different tone used by the newspapers of the day.
Items are often found that don't fit the traditional mold of genealogical investigation, but that are informative, educational -- and funny!
Here are some of those items.

LINCOLN COUNTY BACHELORS
In Leap Year 1896, the Lincoln Beacon decided to give the women of the county a rundown of the eligible males to whom they could propose. More than 50 bachelors were enumerated in a tongue-in-check fashion.

TAKE THE HINT
When the editor of The Banner reproached the Goffs for leaving their children so that Mrs. Goff could attent medical lectures, Mr. Goff indignantly responded in a letter to the Lincoln Beacon -- and since it was owned and operated by supporters of women's suffrage, they were happy to print it.

GOODBYE, TED HARRIS
When Ted Harris left Lincoln to pursue baseball, he apparently left some disappointed Lincoln girls in his wake.

THE SCYTHE IN THE TREE
When the State Journal wrote about a scythe that was left in a tree and completely overgrown by it, the Beacon was happy to share the item with its readers. The Beacon's postscript to the story is priceless.

LINCOLN COUNTY LAUGHS
Items gleaned from old newspapers that are just too good not to save and share.

A PRETTY DRY SPELL
On a dry day in 1893, some of the old settlers spun tales of even DRIER times in Kansas for an unfortunate tenderfoot.

A GHOST STORY
Someone decides to have some fun with some members of the Methodist choir in 1895.

FARM GIRLS
From the Stockton newspaper, the story of two girls who wanted to farm their own land. The writer's tongue is firmly in his cheek.

HE'S A GOOD SHOT
A locomotive fireman named Thomas Hinchey does his hunting right from the train. More amazing than what he shoots: the train stops so he can pick up his kill.


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Bill and Diana Sowers, Lincoln County Coordinators
Tracee Hamilton, Lincoln County Coordinator