252 – Jobs at Cole’s

Garnett Journal – Friday, February 6, 1897

Jesse Cole was born in 1875 in Fort Scott, Kansas. His father William, 27, was a bartender and mother Mary, 22, was a homemaker. Jesse grew up with an older sister and four younger brothers.

In 1897, at age 22, he was a partner in The Cyclone, a dry goods store in nearby Garnett, Kansas. The partners were Glaze, Lewis, and Cole.

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215 – Will Buys the Business

Sedalia – Ohio Street looking south – c 1905

Sedalia’s population growth had slowed in the last decade, but it reached 16,000 in 1905.

It was a cosmopolitan town, with streetcars, electric lighting, and two telephone companies.

The Missouri State Fair began in 1901 and has been held in August every year since.

Anything you needed could be found for sale in downtown Sedalia.

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