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Portis Independent

Articles in database from Portis Independent:    40

June 18, 1904, Portis Independent (ID 4878)

To the citizens of Portis and vicinity: Portis is advancing, and is abreast with the times. Traveling men say it is one of the best trading points on the Central Branch. One thing, every live town must have a newspaper. We have made this venture and put a newspaper plant in your city that many larger towns would be proud of. We have added considerable material to our plant. After carefully looking over the situation, we made this venture because we have faith in Portis and her people. Now it remains for you to follow up our efforts by liberal patronage....We want a correspondent in every school district surrounding Portis, and will make liberal terms. Come in and get acquainted. Come in and tell us the news. Come in and subscribe. Yours for success, W. & H. Woolman.


June 25, 1904, Portis Independent (ID 4880)

We thank you -- The general comments on the first number of the Portis Independent have been quite flattering, and we want right here to thank the people of this vicinity who themselves took such a deep interest in the paper and aided us so freely in giving us news items....


February 11, 1905, Portis Independent (ID 4923)

A London writer says that a German paper manufacturer at Essenthal has just made an experiment to see how rapidly it is possible to transform a tree into a newspaper. Three trees in the neighborhood of this factory were cut down at 7:35 in the morning. They were instantly barked and pulped and the first roll of paper was ready at 9:34. It was lifted into an automobile that stood waiting and was conveyed to the machine room of the nearest daily paper. The paper being already set, the printing began at once, and by 10:00 o'clock precisely the journal was on sale in the streets. The entire process of transformation had taken exactly two hours and 25 minutes. -- K.C. Journal.


February 27, 1909, Portis Independent (ID 5183)

Our valedictory -- After over ten years of quill pushing on the Independent, I have concluded to retire from the newspaper business and have sold out the entire office to my son Henry, who takes charge at once, and I beg to thank the people of this vicinity for their liberal patronage and kindly treatments during the time I have been with you....Respectfully yours, Wm. Woolman.


August 0, 1909, Portis Independent (ID 5216)

We have taken wood, potatoes, corn, eggs, butter, onions, cabbage, chickens, stone, lumber, labor, sand, calico, sauerkraut, second-hand clothing, coon skins and bug juice, scrap iron, shoe pegs, rawhide, chinque pins, sorghum seed, jugware, and wheat straw on subscription and now a man wants to know if we would send the paper for six months for a large owl. We have no precedent for refusing and, if we can find a man who is out of an owl and wants one, we'll do it.


July 21, 1910, Portis Independent (ID 5276)

This week I step out of the newspaper business in Portis as a deal has been made whereby my partner, C. C. Clardy, who has been with me the past two months, becomes owner of the plant....The real estate and insurance business in connection with this paper will be turned over to me, as my successor wishes to devote all his attention to the paper business. -- H. M. Woolman.


September 22, 1910, Portis Independent (ID 5287)

H. M. Woolman has purchased the newspaper at Barnes known as the Barnes Chief and is moving his household effects to that place...as he takes possession Oct. 1st.


June 20, 1912, Portis Independent (ID 5385)

A most beautiful home wedding occurred in Portis on Tuesday evening, June 11, when Miss Adele May Mills and Charles Cyrus Clardy were married at the home of the bride's parents....He was a citizen of our town for a few years until he left about a year ago....When here, he was station agent and operator. He also edited the Portis Independent for a while. He is an expert penman and cartoonist. He now holds a good position as Linotypist on the Stillwater Gazette in Oklahoma.


April 3, 1913, Portis Independent (ID 5417)

This issue sees another change in the management of the Portis Independent. When the undersigned leased the business of W. C. Smith, the owner, last September, he expected to continue the management of the paper for one year at least. Ralph Hadley was given charge of the Independent, and has done very well for a young man of his limited experience. But the increasing business of the Osborne Evening News, and the uncertain condition of the health of the undersigned, has made it almost imperative that Ralph be returned to the News office....We trust that our successor, C. N. Akens, will be given the same hearty support...that has been given to us....We shall be glad to serve the Portis public through the Osborne County News plant. But give all business to your home paper that the plant can handle.... -- Edwin C. Hadley.


May 29, 1913, Portis Independent (ID 5424)

This week marks another change in the management of the Portis Independent....Believing in the good old adage that "two heads are wiser than one," with our printer having left for his home as soon as school closed, "we have taken unto ourselves" a partner....The Portis Independent shall be known under the heading Kissell & Akens. Having spent ten years here and a share of the time in business, Mr. Kissell needs no introduction to Portis people..... -- C. N. Akens.


June 5, 1913, Portis Independent (ID 5426)

Yours for business....First, we ask one dollar in advance for a year's subscription to the Portis Independent....Secondly, we solicit your patronage in the way of job work....Last week, we turned out an order of a thousand two-colored letterheads with a cut included for Mr. Lattin, a stockman....If you have any doubt as to our ability in this line, you are cordially invited to come in any time and view our display table, whereon you will find samples of our work. Prices on job work as follows (for 500 and 1,000): Envelopes $1.50 and $2.50; letterheads $1.75 and $3.00; half letter or note, $1.50 and $2.50; statements $1.50 and $2.50; business cards $1.25 and $2.25; sale bills 100 for $1.50, each additional hundred 25 cents; posters 100 for $1.25, each additional hundred 25 cents. We have a whole table full of up-to-date samples -- wedding and birth announcements, cardboard work, fancy stationery, etc.... -- Respectfully, Kissell & Akens.


October 16, 1913, Portis Independent (ID 5433)

...We have decided to once more lease the paper, this time to J. E. Kissell, who has had several months experience in the office and is capable of putting out a good paper....So, while we retire once more, we wish for Mr. Kissell success in the work for which he seems so well adapted. -- Smith and Smith.

With this issue of the independent, I take up its publication alone and, in so doing, I ask the cooperation of the people of Portis and vicinity....The columns of the Independent will be open to any matter that will generally benefit the town, but the right to reject any matter is reserved.... -- J. E. Kissell.


June 24, 1915, Portis Independent (ID 5512)

...Warren Zimmerman with his family arrived at Portis...for a visit with his brother Luther and family. Warren's home is at Guymon, a town of some 1,200 people in western Oklahoma, just south of the western line of Kansas. He has lived there about eight years and is publisher of the Guymon Herald. He has brought that paper out of the ruts and...it is recognized as the best country weekly in the state of Oklahoma. It is a six-column, eight-page, all-home-print sheet and the body of it is filled with articles from Warren's pen....Warren is an exception to the rule in this "poor editor" stuff. He owns a fine home, a farm, his newspaper plant and can muster a little change if necessary....


January 27, 1916, Portis Independent (ID 5540)

Warren Zimmerman has sold his Guymon, Okla., Herald and bought the Liberal, Kan., News. Warren made a big success of his Oklahoma paper and has now landed in a much larger town and one that is booming.


May 11, 1916, Portis Independent (ID 5547)

This issue of the Independent marks the publication of the last number of Volume 12....There have been 10 different publishers during the life of he paper, the present publisher having been here the past three years.

Statement of the ownership, management, etc., of the Portis Independent....Editor, managing editor, business manager and publisher, J. E. Kissell, Portis....Plant owned by W. C. Smith, Portis, and leased by the publisher.


August 17, 1916, Portis Independent (ID 5557)

The Portis Independent, published every Thursday at Portis, Kansas. J. E. Kissell, editor. Phone numbers, house 62, office 7. Advertising rates: display advertisements, 10 cents per column inch per insertion. Local notices, 5 cents per line for each insertion. Subscription price, $1.00 per year.


November 2, 1916, Portis Independent (ID 5561)

Origin of "Printer's Devil" -- In the early days, printing was styled the "black art" and printers were supposed to be in league with Satan. But it was in the time of Aldus Manutius, in Venice, that matters took a serious turn. This was the famous printer who first published the Greek and Roman classics. He took into his employ a Negro boy who was homeless on the streets of Venice. The people supposed the boy was an imp of Satan and helping in the printing. Mobs collected about to wreck the building when the boys was brought forward and exhibited, and it was shown that he was flesh and blood; but he was still called "the printer's devil" and every boy in his position ever since has been so called.


November 30, 1916, Portis Independent (ID 5562)

The news matter of the Independent has been cast this month at the Downs News office on their Intertype machine. About one-third of this week's copy went astray in the mails and as a result we are short on news, the accident not being noticed until this morning, which time was too late for correction.


After a strenuous week of it last week, getting an ...
October 13, 1921, Portis Independent (ID 20)

After a strenuous week of it last week, getting an engine lined up to pull our machine and presses, we were all through with the paper but the printing part of it. While doing the printing, the phone rang and while answering it something went wrong with the press, which was running, and we picked up 28 of the pieces of the damaged and broken parts scattered over the office. A loose part probably caused the accident. The chief broken parts were seven roller trucks and a large cast iron arm that operates the inking device.

Just before the accident, the Gaylord Sentinel man phoned that he had broken down and was coming down to use the Independent press, and he got to town just as the accident here occurred. As he has a press similar to the Independent's, the broken parts were taken to Gaylord and compared with the parts on his press and it was found that they would fit exactly and so, as soon as he got them to Portis, and they were put on the Independent press, both papers were soon finished.

It was at first though that both breaks would require new parts entirely, but they were taken to John Barry of Osborne, an expert welder, and it is thought he can repair them so they will be as good as new. The Sentinel will be printed in the Independent office this week, but by next week both outfits will be back to normal....


Statement of ownership....Name of owner, editor, p ...
October 27, 1921, Portis Independent (ID 23)

Statement of ownership....Name of owner, editor, publisher and business manager, J. E. Kissell....Known bondholders, mortgagees and other security holders owning or holding one percent or more of total amount of bonds, mortgages and other securities: The Intertype Corporation, Brooklyn, N.Y.


November 7-12 has been set as "Subscribe for Your ...
November 3, 1921, Portis Independent (ID 24)

November 7-12 has been set as "Subscribe for Your Home Town Paper Week" and this newspaper, together with the thousands of country newspapers the United States over -- there are not far from 15,000 of them, weeklies and small dailies -- is to participate....

I Am the Country Newspaper, by Bristow Adams

I am the country newspaper.

I am the friend of the family, the bringer of tidings from other friends; I speak to the home in the evening light of summer's vine-clad porch or the glow of winter's lamp.

I help to make this evening hour; I record the great and the small, the varied acts of the days and weeks that go to make up life.

I am for and of the home; I follow those who leave humble beginnings; whether they go to greatness or to the gutter, I take to them the thrill of old days, with wholesome messages.

I speak the language of the common man; my words are fitted to his understanding. My congregation is larger than that of any church in town; my readers are more than those in the school. Young and old alike find in me stimulation, instruction, entertainment, inspiration, solace, comfort. I am the chronicler of birth, and love and death -- the three great facts of man's existence.

I bring together buyer and seller, to the benefit of both; I am part of the marketplace of the world. Into the home I carry word of the goods which feed and clothe and shelter, and which minister to comfort, ease, health, and happiness.

I am the word of the week, the history of the year, the record of my community in the archives of state and nation.

I am the exponent of the lives of my readers.

I am the Country Newspaper.


We have notice...that Henry Woolman, formerly of t ...
July 17, 1924, Portis Independent (ID 85)

We have notice...that Henry Woolman, formerly of this place but recently of Hudson, Colo., has moved to Chester, Neb. Chester is a town of some 600 people just across the line in Nebraska and due north of Concordia. Woolman was in the newspaper business at Hudson and we judge is in the same field at Chester....Since leaving the Independent, Henry has been at the helm of quite a number of weekly papers....


The Independent is making arrangements to get all ...
October 30, 1924, Portis Independent (ID 92)

The Independent is making arrangements to get all details of the election next Tuesday. We expect to get it by telephone, Western Union, and radio and will keep a complete tabulation of all results of interest from the township up the national candidates....Call the Independent office, Number Seven, any time Tuesday evening or Wednesday for election news. We might also have some apples, peanuts, and other refreshment about the office Tuesday evening.


The Gaylord Sentinel has suspended publication for ...
February 12, 1925, Portis Independent (ID 100)

The Gaylord Sentinel has suspended publication for the present and possibly permanently. The issue of last week was the final one and the editor at the finish was M. J. Hibbs. Hibbs is also a minister and will devote his time to preaching. He says he is quitting the field of journalism for business reasons, and we assume that the patronage at Gaylord was not sufficient to warrant continuing a paper.

The Sentinel has had a rather checkered career the past few years with a number of different editors, and once before the paper suspended publication for a while....The Smith County Pioneer sums of the situation like this: "M. J. Hibbs is thoroughly converted to the notion of discontinuing his Gaylord Sentinel, and is selling off his equipment as fast as possible....Gaylord is simply too small a town to support a paper, as has been demonstrated a number of times."


Recently in reading the Crescent, a monthly magazi ...
February 26, 1925, Portis Independent (ID 103)

Recently in reading the Crescent, a monthly magazine devoted to the interests of the Shrine and Shriners, and also talking to Dr. Cross about it, the doctor called our attention to the fact that the managing editor of the Crescent was a good many years ago the proprietor of the Portis paper, which was then called the Patriot.

Upon looking at the head plate of the Crescent, which is published at St. Paul, Minn., the name of Mark Woodruff was there as managing editor. Cross knew Woodruff when he was in charge of the Patriot.

We though perhaps a letter from Woodruff would be interesting, and so the writer wrote him and has the following breezy reply:

"Yes, I'm the bird who worked for a time at running the Portis Patriot, receiving $10 a week from the bank, and boarded at a section house where the food was ample and wholesome, but the wind found cracks in the building that would have admitted a fair-sized jack rabbit without scratching his hide.

"I don't remember much about the town or the people, except that they were good to me, what there were of them. Portis in the early 80's was not much of a place -- mostly prairie between there and Downs, Osborne and Stockton. There was a depot and a general store or two and the bank. I think it was the bank that was most interested in seeing that the Patriot came out once a week. They figured it was an asset instead of a libel.

"We had a little building, about 12 by 12 feet, at the end of the street. It contained a stove that smelled of tobacco juice every time I fired it up; a homemade desk; a rack of type, and a Washington hand press, and a little 5 by 7 Pearl jobber.

"Occasionally I had a few envelopes or letterheads or horse bills to print. I remember that the bank wanted some stock printed for some company or other. I worked about a week and used up all the material in the office to set that job, and then I ran it on the Washington hand press. Maybe you can dig up a specimen somewhere around there. I remember that I was awfully proud of it at the time.

"One morning, when I went down to open the office, I found a portly old man sitting on the steps. He had on a cotton shirt, no vest, a linen duster, and smoked a corncob pipe. He told me he was a printer and his name was Kane -- the famous old Commodore Kane of tramp printer days.

"After he had visited the section house, I told him I had no work for him and we began to figure on how he could make a little money to get out of town. Kane told me of having visited the Hawaiian Islands. `Why not a lecture on the islands?' I suggested.

"Well, we went out and found that we could get the schoolhouse, which held about 50 people, without charge. We printed some handbills and the Commodore lectured that night. He took in about $6, which was enough to get him out of town.

"Portis was then a windswept little burg. I never believed it would amount to anything, even though I used to blow about its advantages when I wrote something for the Patriot; if it has made a good town, I am glad. Those pioneers deserved success. I believe the banker's name was Franklin. -- Sincerely, Mark Woodruff."


Editor Bob Moser of the Athol Review got so lean a ...
April 9, 1925, Portis Independent (ID 105)

Editor Bob Moser of the Athol Review got so lean and lank last week that he forsook the editorial sanctum, mallet and ink cans and went on the road with a dramatic show. Editors nowadays lead a precarious existence, but we do not believe Bob has helped matters any. He will find show life has its seamy side too. His successor on the Review of Rumsey Payne, but from whence he came or what his talents this deponent knows not. Anyway, he has our best wishes. Any man has that that tries to run a paper in a town the size of Athol. -- News column by J. W. Pattee of Smith Center.


The two newspapers of Goodland, the Republic and t ...
March 18, 1926, Portis Independent (ID 131)

The two newspapers of Goodland, the Republic and the Western Kansas News, have merged and that city will have but one paper. The new proprietors are John S. Bird, Fred Motz, and Ben Hibbs, all of Hays. Mr. Hibbs had been head of the Department of Journalism at the Hays college for some time.


This week rounds out 21 years with the Pioneer for ...
April 22, 1926, Portis Independent (ID 133)

This week rounds out 21 years with the Pioneer for its chief news man, Walt Pattee. He signed up in April 1905,...coming here from his homestead in Dewey County, Okla., at the instigation of the late V. Hutchings, then owner of the paper. With the exception of a couple of months on a paper he purchased at Peabody, he has been with us practically ever since.

...When he came to this paper, its 1,600 circulation was being ground out on an old tumble-down Potter press and three or four girls were setting the type by hand. He has watched and cherished the growth during the intervening years until today the Pioneer goes into 3,150 homes and is printed in a shop with all modern equipment.

Walt, the boss admits, has carried the largest share of the burden and blame for the freaks and follies appearing in the paper. A streak of gray and a wrinkle here and there seem to be the only imprint made upon him. -- From Smith County Pioneer.


Within the past four weeks, four county seat towns ...
May 13, 1926, Portis Independent (ID 136)

Within the past four weeks, four county seat towns in this part of the state have consolidated until now these towns each have but one newspaper: Hays, Goodland, Smith Center, and Belleville. The cause of the consolidations can be summed up in these words from the Belleville Telescope:

"Growing costs of materials, labor, and everything entering into the cost of newspaper production in the past few years, without adequate increase in prices to customers, has brought up a real newspaper problem in many communities.

"Buyers of newspaper space know this, and in many Kansas towns the problem has been solved to the satisfaction of both publishers and patrons through consolidation....

"Time alone will tell whether this move is to better the service that the paper owes to the community....When one paper takes all the responsibility of reflecting the sentiments of the community, dealing with both sides of all important questions, there is also doubled responsibility. Not all men are big enough to man a ship of these proportions...." From Jewell County Monitor.


We've seen many small-town newspapers in our time, ...
June 3, 1926, Portis Independent (ID 138)

We've seen many small-town newspapers in our time, and have visited hundreds of small-town print shops, but we have never seen a newsier or better-printed paper, nor have we ever visited a better equipped print shop than the Portis Independent, when the size of the town is considered. Editor Kissell is one of the fixtures of that community who would leave an unfillable place should he ever decide to leave. -- Robert Good in Cawker City Ledger.


Arthur S. McNay, owner of the Galena Republican, w ...
June 10, 1926, Portis Independent (ID 140)

Arthur S. McNay, owner of the Galena Republican, writes this paper a letter to the effect that he is a candidate for state printer on the GOP ticket and would like for us to give him some publicity....The present state printer, Bert Walker of Osborne County, is also a candidate, as is also Mr. Fleak, editor of the Plainville Times.


The Independent's picnic for the country correspon ...
September 30, 1926, Portis Independent (ID 146)

The Independent's picnic for the country correspondents and families last Sunday afternoon was somewhat handicapped on account of inclement weather....Half of the folks did not attempt the trip. However, five families, totaling 21 person, were present. The party adjourned to the Avalon cottages at the park and there with a fireplace and wood available, as well as chairs, tables and comfortable places to lounge around, folks enjoyed themselves and kept warm.

...The dinner included a little of everything so far as we could see. There were four angel food cakes, a few gallons of fried chicken, fresh sweet corn, gooseberry pie, salads, pickles, bread, butter and lots of hot coffee and cream, a very necessary ingredient on a cold day. Then, to finish the day, there were a half dozen nice watermelons from the Chas. McComas patch.

...Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gledhill and son Allan; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Saunders and sons John, Donald, and Clarence; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McComas and daughters Grace and Velma and son Owen; Mr. and Mrs. John Wagner and daughter Marcelene and son Amis; and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Kissell and Helen and Max.

Other country writers not present were Mrs. H. R. Rogers, Mrs. W. A. Sealock, Mrs. H. C. Moser, Mrs. Mary Hays, and Edd Hull....This was the first affair of this nature that the Independent has tried....


Ewing Herbert says that there are only 646 newspap ...
April 7, 1927, Portis Independent (ID 155)

Ewing Herbert says that there are only 646 newspapers in Kansas. In the three largest cities, there are more than 100. Once there were 800 or more papers in Kansas, but costs of newspaper publishing have caused many papers to consolidate or fold up....There are 54 daily papers in the state, a few of them are remarkable for being successfully published in towns which supposedly can barely support a good weekly....There are 480 weeklies in the state....


The Farmer at Osborne has put a new magazine on it ...
November 10, 1927, Portis Independent (ID 176)

The Farmer at Osborne has put a new magazine on its Linotype and the paper now presents a typeface like the K.C. Star and other papers that have put on this face the past year. The Farmer had used the old Century Expanded the past 20 years. The new typeface is nice in appearance and more easily read.


The death of Walter H. Whitmore occurred...January ...
January 12, 1928, Portis Independent (ID 182)

The death of Walter H. Whitmore occurred...January 9th at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edith Taylor, of Collinsville, Okla. He had been in poor health for a year or more following a paralytic stroke which was the remote cause of his death. The body was brought to Portis...and the funeral was held at the home of Mrs. Zora Smalley here, his only living sister. There was a service at the house and burial was at Garrett Cemetery. The Masons had charge....There are five living children -- Ernest of Moscow, Idaho; Frank of Portis; Vernon of Pittsburg; Edith Taylor of Collinsville, Okla.; and Bernice Morris of Kansas City, Mo....


...This issue of the Independent is late reaching ...
February 23, 1928, Portis Independent (ID 188)

...This issue of the Independent is late reaching readers; a day or two late. The reason is that the proprietor has been away a great deal the past week due to the last illness, death and burial of his mother, Mrs. Mary Kissell of Topeka....The Independent proprietor got home Friday morning to finish up this issue and less than two days is all the time we have had to get it together....It has been a very hard week.

Mrs. Mary E. Kissell...was a native of Missouri and spent her girlhood in Ohio. She came to Kansas about 1880 and had remained here since, living in the Twelve Mile country some 20 years, in Portis 16 years, and the last 10 years in Topeka.


Mary Elizabeth Sutton was born at Trenton, Grundy ...
March 1, 1928, Portis Independent (ID 189)

Mary Elizabeth Sutton was born at Trenton, Grundy County, Mo., on January 23, 1866, and died...in Topeka February 21, 1928....Mrs. Kissell was the youngest of six children, the parents being Joseph W. Sutton and Mary Elizabeth Kuntz....Thanksgiving Day 1888, she was married to James M. Kissell of the Twelve Mile vicinity and in that neighborhood they made their home for 13 years until his death in 1901. Three children were born...J. E. Kissell, Mrs. Goldie M. Bell of Topeka, and Stanley, who died in infancy. The family moved to Portis in 1902....


The picnic...for the correspondents and families.. ...
October 4, 1928, Portis Independent (ID 203)

The picnic...for the correspondents and families...was hardly a picnic as the weather made it practical to have the get-together inside and the opera house was used. The event consisted of a big supper together and an informal visit of two hours....About 40 were present, including eight of our country writers....The eight correspondents present were Mrs. John Wagner, Mrs. Joe Richardson, Mrs. Harry Moser, Fred Gledhill, Chas. McComas, Harry Saunders, Edd Hull and Will Gentzler....Four correspondents were unable to attend: Mrs. Harry Rogers, Mrs. Dick Martin, Mrs. Alec Sealock and Mrs. Marve Hays. Nor was the dean of writers, Col. Pattee of Smith Center, on hand, but it is a well known fact that he never was out of Smith County. That makes a total of 13 writers plus the two school superintendents, and we challenge any small-town paper to equal the lineup....The supper consisted of everything...and a lot of it....

Lively Line by Harry Saunders: "The Independent picnic for 1928 is a thing of the past. Editor Kissell, as the big chief, saw that everyone had a good time, and he also put up the treats to the crowd....To add dignity to the crowd, we had Mr. Moody, professor of the Harlan schools, and also Mr. and Mrs. Naylor....This was the first time those fine professors have met with the crowd....Chas. McComas,...the watermelon king of the Solomon Valley, always comes walking in with a big melon under each arm....All in all, it was a grand and glorious time...."


The ice cream party for correspondents of The Inde ...
September 11, 1930, Portis Independent (ID 248)

The ice cream party for correspondents of The Independent was last Thursday evening. It was to be in the city park but rather damp weather made it necessary to move across the street to the Brethren Church basement. There were about 50 present and only two or three of the writers were unable to attend. Ten gallons of ice cream in varieties were used as well as a dozen fine cakes and cookies and wafers. After adjourning, the party disposed of 10 nice watermelons supplied by Chas. McComas from his patch. Will Gentzler acted as chairman and introduced the speakers....Edd Hull of Downs gave a most interesting account of their trip South....


J. C. Ruppenthal of Russell, who once was judge of ...
June 25, 1931, Portis Independent (ID 263)

J. C. Ruppenthal of Russell, who once was judge of his district and who once gave an address at the Portis chautauqua, writes a syndicated column each week for papers in his part of the state. In recent issues he ran the following paragraph for which he has our thanks and we hope that he is a good judge.

"Judging from what the dailies and weeklies, that circulate much in this part of Kansas, repeat from other columns, the best sellers that have come forward in the past year or two are Frank Motz and the Daily News of Hays, John Ford and the Plainville Times, and Emmett Kissell and the Portis Independent. Maybe the Western Times of Sharon Springs is to be added."