The inquisitive type, I am still wondering why the Jefferson County county seat "war" of 1855-1864 was used as the surface plot for the 1955 movie "The Second Greatest Sex" when there were other county seat fights out there that had received more publicity as they played out in the Midwest, including some that had involved violence and even a death or two here and there, as I recall. So let's go back to the 1950s. Universal Pictures was trying to come up with a movie to counter MGM's "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", and for some reason they settle on this county seat "war" in Jefferson County, Kansas that had involved Osawkie (Ozawkie), Oskaloosa (renamed Mandaroon in the movie) and Valley Falls (renamed Jones City in the movie). The screenplay was written by Charles Hoffman. Liz Leech has told me that there were Hoffmans/Hofmanns around in the early days of Jefferson County, and while I am not suggesting that this Hoffman was related to any of those Hoffmans, he certainly could have been at some level. Who knows? My personal hunch is that someone who had some knowledge of early-day Jefferson County and Ozawkie in particular came up with the idea to use Jefferson County's three-way county seat "war" (most county seat fights have involved only two towns) as the surface plot for the movie. Who would that be? Who was from Ozawkie or Jefferson County who would have been working in Hollywood in the years following World War II or at the very least had some influence there? I ask these questions because in one of the early scenes in the movie you can look at the background behind the love-starved women of Osawkie who are singing "What good is a woman without a man?" and see a narrow fake storefront that says J. Roo_. I maintain that if they had let viewers see the entire sign, they would have seen this, J. Root, and that that "J" stood for either John or Jess, as both John Root and Jess Root are in that old photograph of very early Ozawkie people. This same individual also would have known that Osawkie had once boasted a rather large hotel for a town of its size, as the movie also included some scenes showing a fancy hotel. Who would that be?