*Author’s note-In the early 1980’s. I was on vacation with my family in Claremore, Oklahoma and visited the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum. While looking through the cases full of weapons, I came across a pistol that was used by the ”Plow Jockey Gang” in a murder and robbery at the Home Café in Council Grove, Kansas. This event has piqued my interest for a long time and spurred me to write this article. Most of the information used in this article was found in Council Grove Republican issues of December 8,9,29, 1932 unless other wised stated.
As we close out March with one of the most focused topics ever to consume any one month’s dialogue: COVID-19, it is clear that there is no reason to change or lose any traction on the good things we have been doing collectively as a Tri-County of Communities. First of all, data makes it clear that confirmed cases are very much ramping up in Kansas cities around us. The infamous curve is not going to flatten out for most of Kansas for some time yet. We have had good luck in not seeing new positive cases since our only two confirmed cases, but we’ve also been very diligent about closing businesses and practicing social distancing. These same practices MUST CONTINUE longer. Because…we simply cannot control inbound traffic from entering our County – unless we tell everyone we know that might want to visit us that they need to wait this out and visit later (and that is THE RIGHT PLAN!!)…but even that plan will not keep out the travelers just passing through. It goes without saying that closed businesses do not attract outsiders…and painful as that is to those business owners, it may be our only ticket to helping win this battle with minimal scathing.
Wednesday night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
President Donald Trump has signed a federal disaster declaration for the state of Kansas to support emergency measures within the state related to the COVID-19 virus.
Corps of Engineers Readings, Council Grove Reservoir