Archive for Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Jarbalo Jottings

May 7, 2008

The Jaunty Jarbalonians chapter of the Red Hat Society met April 26 at the Santa Fe Depot Diner in Leavenworth. Those attending were Jane Turner, Betty Clark, Linda Berry, Bonny Barnett, Lynn Paul and Thamar Barnett.

Jarbalo will be 125 years old Friday. The town was platted from the property of Isiah and Manda Lowe in 1883. Jarbalo was four blocks square with two half-blocks to the north, which went to Cottonwood Creek. This was from the southeast corner of the Lowe farm. The north and south streets were Main Street, Second Street and Third Street starting on the east side of town. The east-west streets were Lowe Avenue, Smiley Avenue and Abry Avenue starting from the north. The only two streets having those names now are Smiley and Lowe.

Railroad tracks for the Leavenworth, Topeka and Southwestern were south of the creek.

Some of the businesses that were in the town through the years included grocery stores, a post office, lumberyard, pool hall, barber shop, doctor's office, Grange Hall, filling stations, a garage, a bank which was robbed a couple of times, a livery stable, the Franklin Creamery, blacksmith shops and a justice of the peace. There were school buildings, the church and the parsonage and, of course, a railroad station.

The last high school graduation was 1966, and the last grade school graduation was 1967. The schools were consolidated with Tonganoxie.

The town started dying when the train no longer ran through the area. The post office closed Dec. 31, 1958.

I think it would have been fun to live here way back when so many of the businesses were open.

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