100 YEARS AGO
The first fire for a month occurred last night when sparks from a passing locomotive started a blaze on the roof of the tool house at the MK&T yards. The fire was an easy one for the department to control, but their wagon was stuck in the mud on the return to the National Avenue pavement and it was necessary to unload the hose, ladders and equipment on the wagon before the team, with the aid of the men on the wheels, could pull out. The wagon was well coated with mud and the firemen have been busy this morning cleaning it.
The street sprinkler again has been placed in service after an absence from the streets of several months. Today's wind made the dust very bad and much sprinkling was required to keep it down in the business section of the city.
Moral: A man rises in his "own" estimation -- "when he settles down" and in estimation of his "creditors" "when he settles up."
75 YEARS AGO
The razing of the old Margrave school building at Third and Margrave streets is nearing completion.
Elmer Coe bought the building for $620, his contract providing that he should raze the building and remove all the materials.
With the removal of the Margrave building, the location at Third and Margrave streets will cease for the first time since 1879 to be the site of a school building. The first was a stone building provided in 1872 and known as East School. That building was practically destroyed by fire in 1879. A four-room brick building was erected and called Margrave School. This four-room building made up the west part of the building now being razed. In 1912, when the senior high school building was erected, four more rooms were added to Margrave School. In 1917 when the junior high school was built, another addition was constructed.
Hundreds of men and women from town and country were present for the splendid program of temperance entertainment presented last night in the auditorium of the Eugene Ware School by the Women's Christian Temperance Union, the Youth's Temperance Council and the Parent-Teacher Association.
The audience joined in songs, prayer and responsive reading in a manner that showed beyond doubt that the organized movement "to keep Kansas in the dwindling ranks of the 'dry' states" is as spontaneous and alive today as the vital movement of decades ago which made Kansas a pioneer prohibition state.
50 YEARS AGO
The story of a small hometown grocery store that gave way to a modern food store was related by Ralph Whiteside, one of the owners of Whitesides Inc., at the Rotary Club meeting.
The grocery business had its origin in September 1921 when T.M. Whiteside opened the grocery at 2 E. Oak St., still designated as the No. 1 store. The store there was operated by the elder Whiteside and his son, W.I. Whiteside.
In 1947 the grocery business was incorporated. The stockholders now are the widow and the five children of W.I. Whiteside.
Recently completed is the No. 2 store and meat locker plant at Third and Crawford streets. Occupying an entire one-half block there, the store is a completely modern supermarket with adjoining parking lot.
The new building and remodeling represent an investment of $125,000. New equipment went to the store costing $100,000. There is a total number of 53 employees, 27 of whom are full time.
Following the Rotary Club luncheon meeting, members visited the new store and had a tour of all the departments.
25 YEARS AGO