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4B April 24, 2003 Do you know the boundaries of your state, or who runs your state government? If you had a problem that the government needed to solve, would you know who to go to? At the time of the Louisiana Purchase, no one knew the exact boundaries of the territory. And even though many different people Lived. explored and settled in the Louisiana Territory, people weren't always sure who was in charge. Native Americans had been living in the region for thousands of years. French and Spanish settlers also called the Louisiana Territory home. Before the Purchase. people Living in the Louisiana Territory were not part of the United States. They were governed by people sent by the King of France. who claimed the land. Sometimes. though, these leaders were not very interested in helping solve problems. Education ,>;: .... Even if they wanted to help, the area was just too big for them to be able to get around to everyone. What would life be like if it took days for you to find someone who was supposed to be in charge, only to find that person could not do anything to help you? The first European settlers were French trappers and traders. At first, only men came to the territory. They In the Louisiana Purchase of April 1803, the United States bought a huge piece of land west of the Mississippi River,.doubling the young country's size. More than just a political dea the Louisiana Purchase suddenly changed the lives of all sorts of people. traveled the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in search of beaver pelts. Beaver pelts were worth a lot of money in Europe. Hats made from beaver fur were fashionable at that time and they were very expensive. Trapping beaver in the Louisiana Territory was dangerous work. Men were willing tc risk their lives to get the furs! Other early European settlers built and worked in lead mines. Lead was useful to the French because it could be made into bullets for guns. As trade increased, families began to move to the Territory. The first French city was Sainte Genevieve, in present day MissoLLrL Most of the people who lived there were French farmers and African slaves. They moved across the MLssLssippi River from Illinois territory to settle rich farmland on the western side of the river By 1750, there were a few thousand French living in the Louisiana Territory. However, the French never lived on most of the land that they claimed to own. Native American tribes Lived and hunted on this land. In 1763, the King of France gavethe Louisiana Territory to his cousin, the King of Spain. The Spanish had been living in southern parts of North America for many years. They had bulk trade relationships with Indian tribes and made a great profit for their homeland. When they took over the Louisiana Territory, they did not see much use for iL However, the King of Spain still took the land because he did not want the Americans or the British to claim control of iL Most people living in the Louisiana Territory did not know Spain owned the land. For two years, Spain did not even send anyone to control the land or the trading system, The French continued to rule over the land un it was formally . given back to them shortly before the Louisiana Purchase. Everyday people living in the Territory weren't usually affected by changes in government. They did not have a formal government and sometimes didn't even know change had occurred until years after The Louisiana Purchase marked the beginning of a formal government for the Territory's settlers. Today, many young people wear fashionable baseball caps, visors or hooded sweatshirts. At the time of the Louisiana Purchase, beaver hats were very fashionable in Europe. In fact, beaver felt hats were so popular that the beaver was hunted to extLnction in Western Europe. Because everyone still wanted to wear this type of hat, beaver pelts were major trade goods from North America. Creating beaver hats was a very long and dangerous process for the hat maker, or "hatter." The hatting process involved pulling rough hairs from the pelt and brushing the remaining soft hairs with mercury. After brushing with mercury, the fur became very fuzzy. The fur was then matted into felt and shaped into a hat. Hatters had different ways of shaping the felt into a hat. These different ways of making hats were the hatter's trade secrets, or secret recipes. Finishing steps included lining the hat with silk or cotton and ironing it to make it smooth. Sadly, the mercury used in making hats often caused brain damage to those who used it for a long ne. Hatters sometimes had problems talking, thinking and controlling muscles. In fact, the phrase "mad as a hatter" became a way to describe someone who seemed to have mental problems. This is how Lewis Carroll got the idea for the Mad Hatter character in Alice in Wonderland. This Newspaper In Education series is underwritten by a Contribution from Brown & Associates, St. Louis, Missouri. J'atinal' " mstanapurenase Cuba Free Press Bi{::entennial Committee Local community team advances to World Finals y Lauren Herman : On Saturday, April 5, local Cuba youths participated in a challenging statewide ]:ompetition at the University of Missouri- Rolla called Odyssey of the Mind, or "OM." DM is a brain-teasing contest that requires knowledge of math, science, performing fcs, and the ability to work as a team." It eaches kids to learn creative problem- olving methods while having fun in the ]rocess. ; Odyssey of the Mind teaches children }low to think divergently by solving open- nded questions over a variety of subjects. rhile solving a problem, contestants become skilled at working together and thinking creatively. This year six of Cuba's young people involved in a community group called Problem Solvers 88 (PS 88) chose to partic- ipate in this competition. These team members are Lauren Herman, Morgen Reed, Brianna Blankenship, David Turntine, A.J. Hughes, and Kevin Mullally. Amanda Henager is head coach of PS 88 with Sean Tillman as assistant coach. The team chose to do a problem called "Fooled Ya!" In this problem, participants were to create a performance with two main characters that perform five illu- sions. These illusions have to entertain the audience or other characters in the per- formance. One obstacle in this problem is that one illusion will turn out to actually happen. The team chose to do a perform- ance based on space exploration. "The group did an amazing amount of research and learned a lot while they were working together," said head coach Amanda Henager. The team competed against other teams of young adults solving the same problem in the same age division. The first place team in each divi- sion is the only team toadvance to the World Finals. The commission of the state competi- tion grants OMER awards, which are awards given to individuals or groups for excep- tional work. The PS 88 members were given an OMER for the depth of their research and the impact it had on their performance. This group was the only community group bestowed with this high honor. The team was awarded second place in the final awards ceremony. The commission made a special allowance for the PS 88 team, however. The team was told at the awards ceremony that because they scored so high and were within just a few points of first place, they were also being invited to represent their community and the state of Missouri at the World Finals. World Finals is May 28-June 1 in Ames, Iowa. The OM team is raising money to help them go to the World Finals. They will be doing many fund-raisers around town. The team members and their coaches have Submitted photo Back row, from left, Amanda Henager, Morgen Reed, Brlanna Blankenahip, AJ Hughes, Sean Tillman. Front row, David Turntine, Kevin Mullally, Lauren Herman. worked very hard this year and are very excited about participating in the World Finals competition. If you see them around town, congratu- late them on a job well done, wish them luck at World, and donate what you can to help the team represent the Cuba commu- nity. Today's Health Tips John W. Hewkin R.Ph BACK pAIN cAUTION pregnant women, should not teen forward Peopte with low-back pains, and in a chair with armS. When rising, rising from a chair. PreterabtY sit leer direCtty under you. Then, when. J -^ *,e edge of the cheer wflh .... sition This minimizes lide lorwaro u -, urseff to a stanolng t... :,^,,,, to low the s ...... ell ereCt boost yo ...... when slit ng uu,,., keeping yuu,o '  'd the v, tm. strain on both back muscle= =- reverse procedure. Fast, professional prescription service FREE DELIVERY pHONE: 885-3318 114 Downey St., Cuba, Me Woodward & Pautus, L.L.C. ATTORNEYS AT LAW Civil & CriMinal Trials Personal Injury wrongful Death DWl/Traffic Medical MaI-Practice Bankruptcy Estate Planning John L. Woodward Stephen K. Paulus 600 West Washington, Cuba, MO 573-885-6474 cfD-10/3-tfn The Cuba Free Press Dustin Headrick was the winner of the bulletin board the month of March  Be a Risk Taker. Cuba School Menus Grades K-4 Chef salad with cra Monday, April 28 Carrots & celery Crispito with chili, Bologna Green beans, Peas, & cheese sandwich, Parsley apples, Peaches, potatoes, Peas, Peaches, Milk- variety, Condiments variety, Condiments Tuesday, April 29 Tuesday. April 29 Spaghetti, Corn dog, Spaghetti with garlic bread, Chef salad with Bologna & cheese sandwich, Salad, Green beans, Salad, Green beans, Fruit Jello, Fruit cocktail, cocktail, Milk-variety, Con- variety, Condiments diments Wednesd Wednesday, April 30 Hamburger on bun, Hamburger on bun, Bologna on bun, Pizza, Chef & cheese sandwich, Tater with crackers, Salad, tots, Corn, Wacky cake, tots, Corn, Peaches, Milk-variety, Condiments cake, Milk-variety, Thursday, May 1 ments Meatloaf with bread & butter, Thursday, May 1 Bologna & cheese sandwich, Meatloaf, Hot ham & Mashed potatoes with gravy, on bun, Pizza, Chef Peas, Pineapples, Milk- with crackers, Beets, variety, Condiments potatoes, Broccoli, Friday. May 2 Pineapple, Pizza, Bologna & cheese Condiments sandwich, Salad, Green Friday, May 2 beans, Pears, Milk-variety, French bread pizza, condiments rine sandwich, Chef Grades 5-12 with crackers, Salad, Monday, April 28 Green beans, Crispito with chili, Bologna Pears, Milk-variety, & cheese sandwich, Pizza, ments LET YOURADVENTURE BEGIN. Leave the ordinary behind and make plans for Missouri'S Great Escape. You could win a 2003 Ford Escape or 1 of 5 exclusive Missouri getaways. Call 1-800-411-5110 or log o0 to VisitMO.com for details and other exciting vacation ideaS. CALL 1-800-411-5110 .www.VisitM0. www.shehcrinsurance,con} We'll always bc there for l LaDel Stogsdill 108 Downey Place Cuba, MO 65453-1640 573-885-2575 Here in Crawford Co. you'll find She Insurance Agent LaDel Stogsdill. We're proud to serve this community and our customers. Call today and ask about our services.