|Sheri Hurley||(620) 825-4406|
|Bob Cox||(620) 825-6330|
|Pam Cox||(620) 825-6329|
|Bobbie Parker||(620) 825-4673|
|Jim Parker||(620) 825-4673|
|Gayla Reed||(620) 825-4869|
|President||Bob Hays||(620) 825-4636|
|Vice President||Lou Stone||(620) 825-4360|
|Secretary||Darlene Cloyd||(620) 825-4884|
|Treasurer||Buford Cloyd||(620) 825-4884|
The Labor Day celebration, spanning the Sunday before and the first Monday of each September, includes a bean feed that has happened most every year since the Great Depression era. Also included in this event: a 5K run, a classic car show, craft vendor booths, sporting tournaments (sand volleyball, tennis, invitational softball and horseshoes), cake walk, bingo, musical entertainment and, in years past, modest carnival rides. Local church organizations are invited each year to setup food vending booths, serving as a good fundraiser for their yearly efforts.
Eds. Cresset: As some of the most exciting events in the history of Barber county occurred in this vicinity, I thought a few reminiscences from an old settler’s leaves of memory, might interest your readers. So with out much regard to chronology, I will briefly recount some of the leading incidents connected with this portion of the vineyard.
During the spring months of 1872, Wm. Leonard and family, accompanied by the celebrated frontiersman, Ed. Mosley, started from Allen county, Kansas, to seek a home in the then unbroken wilds of the Medicine country. At Greenwood, Kansas, they fell in company with a family by the name of Lockwood, and persuaded them to accompany them to their new home.
Striking camp in a shady grove on the banks of the silvery Medicine, they at once commenced breaking sod and planting a crop of sod corn, which proved a very profitable proceeding, as the season was a very wet one and the corn averaged about forty bushels per acre.
Of the principal event of that year, viz: The attack by the Osage Indians, every one that has made the acquaintance of Uncle Johnny Leonard, since that time, is acquainted with all of the details, and especially with the fact that Leonard killed all the way from six to twenty Indians, and thus saved the day. The exact casualties of the Indians on that July day, will never be known, but when the smoke of the battle cleared and the war whoop died away, the little community gathered round the stiffening form of one whom they all revered, and prepared to show their last tokens of respect to their companion and leader, Ed. Mosley, who was shot dead within a few feet of the door of their cabin in the early part of the engagement. No other casualties were sustained by this plucky little band of pioneers at this time.
The winter and spring of 1873, opened auspiciously for the lower Medicine. Immigrants came in rapidly. Lee Davis began the erection of the first house in Kiowa. Gus Hegwer built small house on his present claim, east of Kiowa. Eli Smith squatted near the State line, where the Blackstone Ranch is now located. Milton Davis, the man from O-h-I-e-r, located on the east side of the Medicine river, three miles north of Kiowa. The same man who afterwards sold the “buzzard” to Cap. Ayers for five dollars. The Armstrong boys set their stakes some two miles further up on the west side and began breaking prairie vigorously. The town site of Lawranceburg was located and one building partially erected. Dr. Sherrod Dutton and T.P. Calaway seemed to be the head and front of this town company, and made their headquarters at Dad Wolverton’s.
The question of organizing the county began to be agitated at Medicine Lodge, when the good looking fellow, J.C. Kirkpatrick, made his appearance and located one mile north of Kiowa, for what purpose, future events clearly showed. Organization, like most subjects, found many opponents, headed by the old Stevenson town company. Dick Stevenson and Mike Sutton, mounted on two little sore backed bronchoes, made a canvass of this section against organizing the county, and in order to stir up enthusiasm, appointed a mass meeting to be held at Lawranceburg; Mike to orate against W.E. Hutchinson and C.W. Ellis for organization. Impromptu speeches were made by J.C. Kirkpatrick, Doc Jarvis and others. The reply of Jarvis to Kirkpatrick, was interspersed by side remarks of “liar”, “bond thief”, etc., but no bloodshed.
However, there seemed to be a power behind the throne, that must be obeyed. The Stevenson town company sold out to Medicine Lodge the evening before election, and Medicine Lodge was declared the county seat. The season was dry, nothing raised, and by fall, everybody around here went into the business of hunting buffalo, which were plenty south of Kiowa from twenty to fifty miles.
Let this rambling account suffice for 1873. Next week I may follow the story another year.
Kiowa was one of the five official Kansas starting points for the Cherokee Strip land rush of 1893. Kiowa was also the place where Carrie Nation began her hatchet-wielding campaign against “demon rum” and the musuem still has her chosen weapon.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,055 people, 467 households, and 292 families residing in the city. The population density was 995.3 people per square mile (384.3/km²). There were 569 housing units at an average density of 536.8/sq mi (207.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.83% White, 0.28% African American, 1.23% Native American, 1.71% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.27% of the population.
There were 467 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 26.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,141, and the median income for a family was $41,806. Males had a median income of $31,667 versus $21,083 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,670. About 9.7% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 6.5% of those age 65 or over.
First Thursday of the month 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Third Saturday of the month 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Every Tuesday from 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M.
#1 Plastics – any color
#2 Plastics – no color
Chipboard – cereal boxes, soda/alcohol cartons, frozen food boxes, etc.
Magazine/Slicks – coupons/newspaper inserts, etc.
Cardboard – corrugated
Newspapers – remove all slick paper inserts
Office Pack Paper – no sticky labels or cellophane
White Paper – no color
Kiowa, KS 67070
|Tuesday||2-5 P.M. & 7-9 P.M.|
|Saturday||10 A.M.-1 P.M.|
Library Board Members
Library Board meets the 3rd Wednesday at 6:30 P.M.
The Kiowa Chamber of Commerce was first organized in 1924 for the purpose advancing the commercial, agricultural, industrial and civic interest of Kiowa and it’s trade area, and we continue with that as our main objective today. Some of our yearly events we promote are Pioneer Days in April, Easter, Fall Fest in October, the Christmas season, and the more popular Labor Day at the Park, which has been held annually since 1939.
Kiowa today has just over a thousand residents, however we have about 65 Businesses, 6 Churches, Co-op Grocery Store, Hospital, Nursing Home, Theater, Museum, Recycle Center, 2 Banks, 2 eating establishments, and a Laundromat to name a few, plus “the General Store” who by itself and its many volunteers has been the city’s number one draw for new customers while helping local charities financially.
P.O. Box 272
Kiowa, KS 67070
|Vice President||Cindy Archuleta||825-4658|
|A-1 Roofing||621 N 3rd||(620) 825-4300|
|66 Construction||140 N 7th||(620) 825-4166|
|97.5 KPAK – The Rock||429 Main St||1-888-251-8427|
|Apostolic Christian Church||823 Holmes St||(620) 825-4712|
|Barber County Ambulance Service||810 Drumm St||(620) 825-4112|
|Barber County Community Health Dept.||119 S 5th St||(620) 825-4098|
|Barber County Landfill||12890 SE US Highway 281||(620) 825-4910|
|Bev’s Headquarters||511 S 5th St||(620) 825-4182|
|Bill’s Repair||439 Main St||(620) 825-4028|
|Bob’s Flower Shop & Greenhouse||1206 Rumsey St||(620) 825-4514|
|Bob’s Printing||625 Main St||(620) 825-4816|
|Bogner Inc Chevrolet-Buick||621 N 7th St||(620) 825-4004|
|The Bunkhouse Suites||524 S. 9th St||(620) 886-1557 or
|Callison Repair||721 N 9th St||(620) 825-4066|
|Candletree Apartments||911 Miller St||(620) 825-4129|
|Carl G Helfrich CPA||610 Main St||(620) 825-4033|
|Chief Theater||520 Main St||(620) 825-4816|
|Chocolates By C||924 Robinson||(620) 825-4708|
|Christian Church||7th & Drumm St||(620) 825-4400|
|Clark’s Fabric Shop||605 Main St||(620) 825-4985|
|Concrete Walz||429 Main St||(620) 825-4499|
|Congregational Church||603 Rumsey St||(620) 825-4830|
|Corner Stop Store||700 Main St||(620) 825-4223|
|Cosmos Lodge #278||202 S 9th St||(620) 825-4895|
|Country Corral Antiques||536 Main St||(620) 825-4483|
|Country Roads Salon||119 N 5th St||(620) 825-4779|
|Cox Home Improvement||522 N 7th St||(620) 825-4065|
|Crop Insurance Specialist||802 Main St||(620) 825-4340|
|Custom Rope||436 Campbell St||(620) 825-4196|
|D & W Automotive||702 N 7th St||(620) 825-4750|
|Dad’s Laundry||514 S 4th St||(620) 825-4784|
|Daylight Donut||623 Main St||(620) 825-4950|
|Duvall Sewer Services||906 Hopkins St||(620) 825-4327|
|Dovie’s Bar||527 Main||(620) 825-4138|
|Farm Bureau Insurance||621 Main St||(620) 825-4624|
|Fifth Street Salon||204 N 5th St||(620) 825-4825|
|First State Bank||546 Main St||(620) 825-4147|
|Four C Welding & Fencing||1300 Main St||(620) 825-4441|
|General Store||832 Main St||(620) 825-4924|
|Graves Fencing||1110 Main St||(620) 825-4864|
|Graves Plumbing||601 Main St||(620) 825-4557|
|Guest Lodge (Motel)||505 Miller St||(620) 825-4431|
|Homer’s Wine & Spirits||424 Main||(620) 825-4935|
|Hometown Market||140 S 6th St||(620) 825-4777|
|Insurance Prof Assoc||624 Main St #165||(620) 825-4155|
|Interior Specialist||616 N 7th St||(620) 825-4417|
|JCE Storage||1101 Robinson St||(620) 825-4393|
|KBW Oil & Gas||605 S 6th St||(620) 825-4030|
|Kiowa Auto Parts – Napa||500 Main St||(620) 825-4165|
|Kiowa City Hall||618 Main St||(620) 825-4127|
|Kiowa Clinic||1002 S 4th St||(620) 825-4121|
|Kiowa Consultants||430 Main St||(620) 825-4751|
|Kiowa District Hospital||1002 S 4th St||(620) 825-4131|
|Kiowa District Hospital – Manor||1020 Main St||(620) 825-4117|
|Kiowa Historical Society||107 N 7th St||(620) 825-4727|
|Kiowa Motel||802 S 4th St||(620) 825-4040|
|Kiowa Locker Systems||611 Main St||(620) 825-4538|
|Kiowa News||614 Main St||(620) 825-4229|
|Kiowa Police Office||1210 Main||(620) 825-4124|
|Kiowa Public Library||123 N. 7th||(620) 825-4630|
|Kiowa Senior Center||732 Main St||(620) 825-4898|
|Kiowa Southern Baptist Church||647 Main St||(620) 825-4512|
|Kiowa Superintendent of Schools||512 Main St||(620) 825-4115|
|Kiowa Swimming Pool||614 N 9th St||(620) 825-4744|
|Kiowa Tire||302 N Railroad Ave||(620) 825-4952|
|Kiowa United Methodist Church||205 N 9th St||(620) 825-4933|
|Kiowa Welding & Repair||131 N 6th St||(620) 825-4551|
|Kiowa’s Prescription Plus||530 Main St||(620) 825-4782|
|KIS Futures||115 N 5th St||(620) 825-4340|
|Knights of Columbus||1218 Main St||(620) 825-4378|
|Kut and Kurl||721 Marvin St||(620) 825-4954|
|Lanman Funeral Home, Inc||204 N 7th St||(620) 825-4936|
|Larry’s Barber Shop||627 Main St||(620) 825-4946|
|Little Store||301 Main St||(620) 825-4958|
|Los Mariachis Mexican Grill||603 N 7th St||(620) 825-4536|
|Mark Yazel Cattle Co||PO Box 7||(620) 825-4249|
|Mike’s Welding||1300 Main St||(620) 825-4441|
|Nick’s Pumping, Inc||304 S 7th St||(620) 825-4086|
|OK Co-OP Grain Co:
|130 Main St||(620) 825-4230|
|OK Co-OP Grain Co:
|Peoples Bank||515 Main St||(620) 825-4035|
|Plum Thickett Inn||1215 Main St||(620) 825-4218|
|Q-Mart LP||1001 Front St||(620) 825-4707|
|Recycle Center||1204 Main St||(620) 825-4179|
|Red Dust Hideaway||209 S 6th St||(620) 825-4550|
|RSI Corporation||543 Main||(620) 825-4600|
|Schupbach Ranch||20002 SE Bluestem Rd||(620) 825-4391|
|Schupbach Haus Bed & Breakfast||405 South 7th Street||(620) 825-4110|
|SCTelcom Office||717 Main||(620) 825-1001|
|Shady Elm Trailer Court||401 Robinson||(620) 825-4473|
|Shirts & More||534 Main St||(620) 825-4074|
|Simpson’s||533 Main St||(620) 825-4700|
|South Barber High School||1220 N 8th St||(620) 825-4214|
|South Barber K-6||913 Main St||(620) 825-4114|
|Spicer Auction & Real Estate||9984 SE Kochia||(620) 239-4131|
|St John the Apostle Church||920 Main St||(620) 825-4361|
|Swonger Trailer Court||1100 Rumsey||(620) 825-4172|
|The Sideline||629 Main||(620) 825-4233|
|USD 255 Central Office||512 Main St||(620) 825-4115|
|US Post Office||602 Main St||(620) 825-4644|
|Video Plus||1702 Hardtner||(620) 825-4669|
|Wells Paint Service||132 N. 6th||(620) 825-4097|
|Wenzel Brothers Repair||1324 Robinson St||(620) 825-4764|
|William’s Ag||1310 Main||(620) 825-4310|
|Zenful Massage||924 Robinson||(620) 825-4293|