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From the Files of the Ellsworth Messenger

POSTED: August 19, 2011 8:00 a.m.

From The Ellsworth Messenger, Aug. 18, 1898.

The News

Frank Montgomery, In the Kansas City Journal, says: "Kansas has only an ordinary crop this year and yet her agriculture products exceed in value all the gold and silver mined during the last twelve months in the United States, British Columbia, Canada and Alaska."

The indications are that Ellsworth county farmers will put in equally as large an acreage of wheat this fall as they had in last year. The figures for last year were about 120,000 acres. The conditions at present are not nearly so favorable for plowing and seeding as at this time last season — the ground in many parts of the county is most too dry. A good rain would be beneficial in that it would enable the farmers to get their crop in good shape, and it would also insure wheat going into "winter quarters", so to speak, in much better condition.

A few weeks more and then the bells will call the children of our land back to the school room and their studies. Every one of them should return with promptness and apply themselves with diligence, energy and zeal to their school work. Youthful days soon pass away, and, even before they know it, the school children of today find themselves young men and young ladies. If they have improved their time at school they find themselves fairly equipped to meet the problems of life. If not, then every day of their life as they advance in years will be one of regret and mortification that they are so unfitted to occupy that station in life to which their mature ambition directs them.

Hon. N. B. McCormack, of Phillipsburg, congressman from this district, was in Ellsworth the first of this week looking after the condition of his political fences. While here, he made The Messenger office a pleasant call. We found him a pleasant conversationalist, well informed and on the right side of nearly all of the political questions of the day. He’s a candidate for re-election, and says he feels confident of defeating Reeder, the republican nominee. When shown the clipping from the K. D. Journal to the effect that he had written Mr. Hoffer, the democratic candidate, making offer to buy him off, Mr. McComack smiled and said that none who knew him would believe such a story for a minute, and he knew Mr. Hoffer would deny it himself, if he should see the item. Mr McCormack says that since he is the nominee he wants to be re-elected, but will under no circumstances be a candidate in two years from now. At that time he hopes to see a democrat elected as his successor.

Pick up a copy of the weekly Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter for more items from Ellsworthy's past on the Passages page.

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