Friday, June 23, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Before beginning today’s story, I would like to again thank Gaylynn Childs, our past Executive Director of the Geary County Historical Society, for doing most of the research and writing the articles shared on “Our Past Is Present”. She spent countless hours and days putting together stories we have shared since her retirement.  This is one of those many stories.
            In mid-June of 1949, it was announced that the supervision of the Fort Riley Grade School through the Junction City school system had been authorized by the Board of Education. The signing of a contract to put the plan into effect was approved at their monthly meeting. 
            The arrangement, authorized by the recent session of the Kansas Legislature, meant that the Post school should be operated the same as any other unit of the Junction City school system, according to D.A. McConnell, Superintendent of Schools. The announcement explained that all teachers would be hired locally and would be expected to meet the same qualifications required in the city schools.  It was expected that all Fort Riley children from Kindergarten through sixth grade would attend the school.  It was tentatively planned that there would be seven teachers, one of whom would be the Principal. In 1948 the Post school had more than 200 pupils.  So some of the fourth, fifth and sixth graders attended school in Junction City due to over-crowding.  The Department of the Army funds would be provided for all expenses of the school, but the funds received would be administered by the local officials.  It was further determined that the Fort Riley School would have its own Board of Education, however, today Fort Riley schools are responsible to the USD 475 Board of Education. That’s today’s story.  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            We have shared that there are 41 buildings listed in the free pamphlet “A Walking Tour”, which is available at our Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets.  Building number 18 listed in the pamphlet is the Rockwell Building. 
            Bertrand Rockwell was a Civil War veteran, who began his dry goods and grocery business in Junction City in 1865.  In 1880, he built a new brick building at 723-725 North Washington Street.  The building burned in 1888.  In 1889 the B. Rockwell Merchandise and Grain Company reopened on the same site and in the present building.  The Rockwell firm continued in business until the 1920’s.  The ground floor was later occupied by Woolworth’s, the Scott Store and later it was a Duckwall Store.  In 1986, the original façade was restored by Dr. Ned Price, who was a local veterinarian, and others. 
            When you take a close look at the building you will see decorative holes in the north wall.  This was known as woodpeckering.
            The Rent-A-Center is currently located at 723 and Edward Jones Investments is located at 725 North Washington Street. 
            We hope you have enjoyed the information about some of the historic buildings in downtown Junction City.  Take some time to visit us at the Museum and take the walking tour downtown to become even more aware of why we say “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today we are sharing information about the Steadman Building in downtown Junction City.  The exact date of this building’s construction is unknown, but photographs show a single story frame building as late as 1905.  A 1910 Junction City Souvenir brochure stated that Dr. C.E. Steadman and his son Dr. L.S. Steadman had well-appointed offices at 708 North Washington with Downing’s Pharmacy at the same address.  In 1913, the building housed Kibbey’s Drug Store and in 1923 it became Costello’s.  By 1925, Quality Drug was located at this site with the dental offices of Dr. Wade upstairs.  In the 1940’s Claire’s Ready-to-Wear Dress Shop took over the location. The Dress Shop,  which was run by Clair Dickman, had some famous clientele who frequented the shop.  Among those were Lana Turner, Gene Tierney and Sally Rand, who were in the area at that time.  In the 1990’s the First National Bank purchased the building.  The current occupant is the Exchange Bank Trust and Financial Office.  
            The building has been remodeled, but when visiting the inside of the building, it is easy to imagine the displays of dresses and displays both on the main floor and along a balcony where some of the formal dresses were available for trying on and purchasing. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017
            Parks are important to the quality of life in any city and Junction City’s Heritage Park has been a focal point for all kinds of local happenings.  A number of years ago Theresa Durand, the daughter of one of Junction City’s early mayors, reminisced about growing up in this town in the late 1800’s. She stated that her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.O. Rizer, arrived here in 1865 and the park was here then.  “I shall never forget how my sisters and I enjoyed marching through the park around the fountain and onto the corner of Washington and Sixth Street, where Lily Murphy, a young widow operated a popcorn stand.”  Theresa stated that the “aroma of the hot buttered popcorn was irresistible, so we bought a sack of it for five cents.”
            The special night of the week in the park was Friday.  That was band concert night.  People from all over Geary County brought their families in to enjoy the music.  Three Bandstands were built in the park over the years and the Friday night concerts by the Junction City Municipal Band have been a community custom for over a century. 

            Band concerts continue this summer, but they are held in the air conditioned C.L. Hoover Opera House every Sunday in June beginning at 7:00 PM. The concerts are free and delicious popcorn is available for a donation. You can enjoy the popcorn and a cold soft drink or adult beverage while listening to our Community Band.  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            68 years ago in our town, the philanthropy of a local young man got the summer’s swimming season off to an exciting start.
            It was reported in the “Junction City Union” that the six year old boy could have won a popularity contest at the Municipal Swimming Pool during a June afternoon in 1949.  He was passing out $20.00 bills.
            The youngster found the bills in a billfold at home and immediately started on  his brief, but highly successful project of giving the money away.  There was a total of $240.00.  On his way to the swimming pool, he met a couple of other youngsters, who agreed to accept $70.00 of the money.   
            The money went even faster at the swimming pool, when there were others eager to help the young lad with his philanthropy.  That was until --- someone notified the police.  Most of the money had been distributed when Police Officer Berl Woodland arrived.  He suggested that some of the receivers might like to give back the money.
            Well…. Some did, but some did not.  The final score was about one dollar for every two given away was recovered.  $151 of the $240 was returned. 

            Philanthropy is a good thing – if the money comes from a legitimate means. It is wise to keep in mind that what seems too good to be true, probably is too good to be true.  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about the role of a water boy at a construction site in 1912.
According to the “Junction City Union” newspaper an old fashioned “water boy” was still employed by the Ziegler/Dolton Construction Company. Clarence Cubes was the young lad who carried buckets of water to the men employed by the construction company.
In July of 1912, Clarence was working at the Zee Dee Building which was then under construction on Washington Street.  All day long he climbed from the top to the cells, down ladders and over scaffolding to give every man on the job a drink of water.  The job of the water boy was a hard one and Clarence made about 16 rounds each day to the 40 men employed on the building site.  This was one of the labor saving methods employed by the contractors so the workers didn’t have to stop their work to get a drink by leaving their work site and walking down to the hydrant. 

            Today many construction workers prefer to have their own water bottles or large containers of water near their site.  We hope everyone who is working outside remembers to drink plenty of water to protect themselves and stay hydrated.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 15, 2017

June 15, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

            Today’s story is about a new machine at a local quarry.  In June of 1866, Captain O.J. Hopkins’ new stone cutting machine was used for the first time in the Junction City Quarries.  It was set to work on a Tuesday morning and was said to have worked “positively delightfully."  It was a simple machine formerly used for sawing logs using horse power.  For sawing stone, it was a perfect success.  A stone 22 inches by 17 inches was sawed through in exactly two minutes.  This success wrapped up Captain Hopkins’ big goal in the stone business as he prepared to add steam power and improved saws.  He predicted this would revolutionize building interest in the whole country by facilitating stone work and greatly reducing the cost.  The next month another visit was made to the quarries by the newspaper and the editor noted that the Captain had rigged his quarry with a derrick and track making it resemble a coal mine.  The saw machine ran perfectly for 7 or 8 hours a day without failing and without sand or water, which demonstrated the suitability of the local stone for sawing.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 14, 2017

June 14, 2017
            You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s broadcast is about another in our series about historic buildings in downtown Junction City.  This information comes from our free pamphlet titled “A Walking Tour”, which is available at our Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets in Junction City. 
            Today we will be sharing about the Hall and Porter Building located at 712 to 714 North Washington Street.  This is one of the oldest buildings in downtown Junction City.  It housed Hall and Porter Drugs, which was organized by E.T. Porter in 1866.  An 1870 photo shows a flat stone façade, which was replaced with the current brick in the 1940’s.  The stone is still visible on the north side in the alley.  Later tenants included: People’s Drug Store, Louis Teitzel Photography (which was upstairs), the W.G. Glick Jewelry store, the J.C. Teitzel Shoe Store, Lashelle Shoe Store and Lancaster Grocery Store. 

            The current business at 712 North Washington is Flint Hills Investment and Midway Travel is at 714 North Washington Street.  We again encourage you to take a walk downtown and see some of these historic buildings, but first stop by our Museum and pick up a copy of the free “Walking Tour” pamphlet to make your tour even more interesting. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            During the next couple of weeks of broadcasts during this time we will be sharing more information about the historic buildings in downtown Junction City. 
The source is a free pamphlet we have at our Museum titled “A Walking Tour”. 
Today we will visit the Blattner and Blakey Building at 615 to 617 North Washington.  615 is occupied by a video games store, however, 617 North Washington is currently unoccupied. The Blattner and Blakey Building was a hardware business as early as 1874 and was mostly in the south half of that building.  By 1885, John Davisons’ carriage and buggy business was located there and Palace clothing occupied the northern part of the building, which was added in about 1880.  The date at the top of the Blattner and Blakey Building represents a remodeling, which visually joined the two buildings.  Other later occupants of this building were the Glick Jewelry Store, the Rizers’ shop, Lytle’s Berkshire Department Store and Gatherings on the Prairie.

            Next time you are downtown, take a closer look at the Blattner and Blakey Building at 615 to 617 North Washington Street.  Take along a copy of our free pamphlet and see downtown Junction City in a different way than perhaps you have seen it before.  You will see why we say:  “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.  

Monday, June 12, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 12, 2017

June 12, 2007

            You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

            Today’s story is about a new town, which was to be started between Ogden and Fort Riley.  This is according to an article in the “Junction City Union” newspaper in June of 1917.  It was reported the town would be called Kellyville, but it was later named Army City. 

            H.P. Powers of Junction City had earlier bought the old Dyche Farm east of the Fort Riley reservation boundary.  This was a property consisting of over 3,000 acres with about 150 acres  on either side of the Union Pacific right-of-way between the post and Ogden. Mr. Powers had no sooner purchased the place than the announcement was made that the new Fort Riley training area Camp Funston would be located on the Ogden Flats and he was asked by many to name a price for the property.  The Carolina Land Company made a contract to handle all the building for Army City and an advertising campaign began announcing the public sale of lots.  As a site for thousands of WWI soldiers stationed at Camp Funston in 1917 and 1918, this new boom town thrived.  However, its lifespan lasted only five years.  Following the end of WWI the Camp was closed and razed in 1922.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
           
            Yesterday’s story was about the flood of 1908.  Today’s story takes us back to June of 1905, when a tornado struck the northeast part of Jefferson Township in Geary County at about 10:00 in the evening.  It caused a great deal of damage to property and crops.  The first flood took place near the crossing of the Kaw River.  This was the Country Club on Whiskey Lake. Tents and camper’s outfits were carried off into adjoining fields.  Some of the fourteen persons were there to spend the night and they took refuge in the clubhouse where they had to remain.  Big trees were broken by the force of the wind.  Further away from the river, the storm seemed to gather force.  At Jake Boiler’s place corn cribs and a windmill were blown away.  At John Cameron’s farm the out buildings and front porch to the farmhouse were wrecked.  Mr. Cameron had finished putting up two stacks of alfalfa a few hours before the storm came and in the morning there was nothing to show where the stacks had been.  The wind turned the large barn on John McIntyre’s place on its foundation, and the back part of Mrs. Rasmussen’s house was blow away.  Clarks Creek was out of its banks in the morning and it was impossible to cross the Coffey, Settgast or Conrow bridges with teams of horses on account of the water being as much as ten feet deep on the approaches. 

            We have had some strong winds lately, but apparently nothing the tornado of 1905. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 8, 2017

June 8, 20017
            You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about the “Flood of 1908”. On June 8, 1908 the local newspaper headlines read:  “Bottom Land Along the Republican River Under Water – Many Fields Destroyed-Street Car Line Out of Business- Washington Bridge Damaged – North Span went out.”  This was the damage inflicted on Geary County by the flood of 1908.
            Shortly after midnight the rain began to pour down and continued for several hours for a total rainfall of 1 and 3/8 inches.  However, a great deal of rain had fallen in the previous 12 hours in all parts of central Kansas.  Saturday evening the Republican River stood at 13 feet and it was thought the crest of the flood had passed.  However, by 11:00 it was at 15 feet and by 8:00 AM had reached 17 feet and remained stationary.
            Water had been over the fields at Alida for several hours and was rising, causing great damage to the fields and killing some livestock.  Between Junction City and Fort Riley, the Republican was now one-half mile wide and flowing with a terrific current.  About 40 feet of the north approach of the Washington Street Bridge had gone out and the current was rushing through the gap. 

            By Sunday afternoon the local Union Pacific agent received word that the UP train number 104 eastbound would not come here.  It would leave Abilene on the Santa Fe tracks to go to Kansas City.  The Rock Island tracks between Manhattan and Topeka were under water and washed out in many places.  Water was also over the Union Pacific tracks between Junction City and Fort Riley, and much damage would end up being done there.  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 7, 2017

June 7, 2017
            You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            On June 14 of 1900, the public was invited to inspect their new Court House.  The following invitation appeared in the local newspaper as follows:
            “The Junction City Commercial Club invites you to inspect your new Court House and has prepared the following general program: 
            9:00 AM-2:00 PM inspect the Court House
            2:00 PM there will be a dedication address by Judge O.L. Moore
            2:30 PM there will be a band concert and speeches at the City Park
            Everybody come out and have a good time.  Per order of the Committee.
Court House.”
            Well, that was the plan.  However this dedication was postponed by the Commercial Club and the County Commissioners after consulting with each other and concluding that since the wheat harvest would be in full operation during mid and late June, a better date to invite people to see the new Court House would be July 4th.  This would attract more people and not interfere with the wheat harvest. 

            We have a picture of the Court House being built at our Museum.  The picture is hanging on the wall on the first floor of the Museum.  Stop by and see it and other displays when you have a few minutes or a few hours.  We are open from 1 until 4 every day Tuesdays through Sundays.  We would love to show you around and hear your stories about Geary County.  

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today is “D-Day”, which was June 6, 1944.  This was the day when 160,000 Allied troops landed on the 50 mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German soldiers.  More than 9,000 Allied soldiers lost their lives or were wounded.  This began the slow defeat of Hitler’s threat to the world. 
            On the third floor of our Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets, Heather, our Curator, has created a display titled “I am sending my love and kisses, catch em, Honey!!!”
She has found letters that were donated by Geary County soldiers and their families, which may have been tucked away in attics, closets and basements throughout the county. Many of these letters in the display are those of eyewitness accounts of famous battles, historic events, or encounters with prominent military leaders.  The more personal items of correspondence, such as heartfelt expressions of affection or words of support and encouragement between separated loved ones, offer valuable insight into the wartime experience.   

            Geary County is a community with a long history of military involvement.  Families from this area have sent sons and daughters into the military from the 1850’s, when the county was founded and Fort Riley was established, to the present day.  Likewise, many military families have chosen to make Geary County their home. The letters and souvenirs that soldiers sent home helped their family and friends and now us to connect to wartime experiences.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 5, 2017

 June 5, 2017
            You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today, most of us have cell phones.  We are able to make calls from almost anywhere, search the internet, check our Facebook pages, post pictures, use many different apps to get special deals on items we may want to purchase, play video games, word games and use our phones for many other uses. 
            However, in 1905, on the east side of Junction City, the farm telephone lines were just nearing completion in June.  Manager Tom Dorn of the Wareham Dewey Exchange informed the “Junction City Daily Union” newspaper that he would be connecting the lines as soon as arrangements could be made and the materials could be laid out on the ground. (By the way, Thomas Dorn was also one of the early managers of the Opera House in Junction City).  The connecting lines cost the Telephone Company about $75 to $100 per mile.  The lines going to Alida connected with all those to the north and northeast and part of Dickinson County, which made it the longest connecting line in the area.  The farmers and townspeople had to pay a toll of 15 cents per use.  With the completion of the eastern lines, there would be few points in any area within 25 miles of Junction City that could not be reached by telephone. 

            Just think how far we have come since 1905 with the ability to call almost anywhere in the world from our house, business or even while traveling in our car.   Simply amazing!!!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s story is about a steamboat by the name of “The Western Call”.  We had been aware that boats were used on the Kansas River east of Junction City, but were unaware that at least one vessel had traveled the waters of the Smoky Hill west of here.  Early in June of 1904, it was announced that a steamboat had been sunk in the Smoky Hill River around Enterprise, Kansas.  It seems this boat, which was named “The Western Call” made trips between Salina and Junction City and had become fairly well known.  The vessel did not make regular trips between the two cities, because it could not pass a dam site unless the river was up. 
            On June 15, 1904, “The Western Call” went down with all on board.  However, there were three occupants rescued by the life-saving crew at the Enterprise Mill Dam.  The boat had floundered while trying to fight the high tide near the dam, but despite the efforts of the heroic pilot to steer clear of the breakers, the noble craft lurched to leeward and was buried in the billowy deep.  The gallant crew did not abandon the ship until it was fast sinking beneath them.  It was then too late to lower the life boats and the crew cast themselves bravely upon the mercy of the tempest-tossed ropes hurled to them from shore.  The loss of the boat, which had recently been bought by Will Insley of Junction City, was estimated at about $200. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Our Past Is Present June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
The annual report of the Ladies Reading Club for the period covering June 1882 to June 1883 held some interesting news of the club’s activities for that year.  IT seems they had been meeting in Centennial Hall until it was sold in July of 1882.  So, in early autumn the room in the City Hall, which was in the Opera House on Seventh and Jefferson Streets, was given to the club by the City County to use for their meetings and library room.  In June of 1883 there were 500 volumes collected.  In the spring of 1883, an effort was made by the Ladies Reading members to keep the library open to the public free of charge. However, the club decided against doing so.
The club membership had increased by 12 that year.  The Secretary’s report concluded that she believed it was now universally felt that the Ladies Reading Club is in a prosperous and progressive condition.  It continued to grow in not only membership, but also in the contributions made to our community just as  it had in the beginning and is still doing today after more than 130 years.  

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017
            You are reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            In an article in the “Republic” newspaper in 1915, there was a story about a special day in the city and county.  The article stated that “Good Roads Day” was a day “when the town folks will go to the country to raise blisters and backaches while they work the roads leading to the good town of Junction City. There will be work done out twelve or fifteen miles on all the good roads, and crowds will be in charge of competent captains, who in turn will work under the direction of the road bosses in the various districts, which they penetrate.
            Then on the next day it is hoped and expected that the farmer and their families will all come to town and get sore ribs laughing at the antics of a lot of us town folks when we act up in the Bingling Brothers Humbug Circus.  There will be a big free barbecue given at noon, the circus will present a grand parade down the main street and in every way will an endeavor be made to give an enjoyable day to all visitors.  If you live in town, go out into the country on Thursday and work the roads.  If you live in the country, arrange to come to town Friday and enjoy the good times at Junction City’s Free Fall Festival.”       

            I think we can all be glad that we have trained professionals to fix our roads today rather than the work of those who just showed up to make road repairs in 1915.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
 Many of Geary County’s early settlers fought during the Civil War, in both the Union and Confederate armies.  After the war, the settlers had to learn to set aside their differences and work together in their growing community.
            One of these Confederate settlers was Caleb Estes.  He enlisted with the Confederate States Army in June of 1861 and served with Co. F, 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment.  This regiment is known for having the most casualties on either side throughout the entire war. During the war, Caleb fought at Gettysburg and was captured twice. 
            After his return from the war, Caleb and his wife, Mary, decided to move west.  They settled on the Geary-Riley County line and raised a daughter by the name of Ariel.
            Nearly 30 years after Caleb fought at the battle of Gettysburg, his daughter, Ariel, married Ed Hudson, the son of a Union soldier who fought on the other side at Gettysburg.  Ed and Ariel raised a family and Ed served as a blacksmith with the 7th Cavalry during the Indian Wars.  It really is interesting how life experiences turn us from being enemies to … well …even marriage. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

            Citizens of Junction City maintained their observance of “Decoration Day” or “Memorial Day” the last Monday in May of 1900.  The weather cooperated for outdoor celebrations. 
            By ten o’clock in the morning the city was gaily decorated with the national colors and the streets were thronged with people to witness and take part in the parade.  Some of the cavalry and artillery units from Fort Riley, the Mounted Color Guard and the Fort Riley Band led the procession to the cemetery.  The band was followed by the ladies, officers, boys on horseback, the artillery and the 20th Kansas Volunteers.  Then came a flower wagon with girls dressed in white, the Junction City Band, the GAR Women’s Relief Corps and school children bringing up the end of the parade. 
            On arriving at the cemetery, the flower girls decorated the graves of soldiers.  This was followed by a selection from the Fort Riley Band.  The artillery fired salutes and then the procession returned to the city.  At 2:00 PM, people met at the Opera House at 7th and Jefferson to hear a concert of instrumental and vocal music. 

            Well, that’s today’s story.  We hope you take time today to remember and show your respects to those who have served our nation to protect our freedoms and ended up paying the ultimate sacrifice. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Our “Community Band” will be playing free band concerts at the Opera House every Sunday at 7:00 PM and admission is free.  We hope you will plan to attend and enjoy the music played by our local musicians in the air condition comfort of the C.L. Hoover Opera House located at the corner of Seventh and Jefferson Streets in Junction City.
            Today’s story is about the early beginnings of summer band concerts.
            It seems that in early June of 1912 at a meeting of local businessmen someone suggested that an effort be made to secure the two Fort Riley bands to alternate in giving weekly concerts in the City Park during the summer.  The suggestions met with hearty approval and it was decided to circulate a petition asking the two bands to give the proposed concerts.   Although summer band concerts had not been held for several years, it felt this would be a good idea. With the Sixth Field Artillery and Thirteenth Cavalry Bands stationed at Fort Riley, the weekly concerts would be made a big feature and would attract many people from the surrounding countryside into town on Friday nights.

            The petition was to be circulated at once and then be presented to the authorities at Fort Riley.  During the summer the Post Bands were in great demand in other towns in the state for fairs, chautauquas and other attractions, so each band made several trips each summer and were not able to accept all offers.  In case permission was obtained, there would be a small charge to defray expenses so the band could play in Junction City. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017
            Today is the last half day of school for students in USD 475.  Although graduation or commencement was held last Saturday, May 20th, today’s story is about the Eleventh Annual Commencement of Junction City High School seniors on the evenings of June 10 and 11 in 1886. 
The Opera House was packed with attentive listeners for both evenings, but the crowd on Friday was the largest ever assembled indoors in Junction City.  The stage was appropriately decorated with evergreen and blooming plants.  The class marched in to music provided by George Killian’s Band.  The class motto, “The World Is Wide” posted in the foreground.  The warm weather caused members of the audience to use hand held paper fans that made it difficult for some of the ladies to be heard as they spoke from the stage.  
            After the formal address to the graduates by Professor Henry B. Pierce, Superintendent Winans briefly summarized the work done by himself and his associates in bringing the class to  this point in the lives of the students. At the end of the speeches, the diplomas were distributed.
            Graduations are a special time for all of us.  The school term for 2016-17 has ended and in a couple of months a new year will begin and this year’s seniors will begin their final year of high school.  Best wishes to them, their teachers, administrators and family members, who will all support students to reach the milestone of graduating from high school this year.
            

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about a group of older businessmen who frequently gathered to discuss the affairs of Junction City.  Lynn Sargent shared his memories of the old west over a soda fountain, which was purchased at the Columbian Exposition in 1892. The soda fountain was located in a Junction City drugstore founded by his father.  Mr. L.W. Sargent first saw this fountain at the Chicago World’s Fair.  It was covered with blue ribbons and he ordered one for his store.  This fountain was still at the family drugstore until it sold out in the early 1940’s.  A Fort Riley carpenter had installed it along with a wood canopy with antiquated frescoes over the top.  At the time, that type of soda fountain was the finest in existence.

            Coca-Cola was first served west of the Mississippi from this fountain and for over 50 years each afternoon at four o’clock the older businessmen of Washington Street could be found at Sargent’s drinking a coke and discussing the affairs of the town.  This gathering came to be known as the “Coca-Cola Senate”.  The fame of this group would long outlast the ornate World’s Fair Fountain, however.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about a robbery that occurred east of Junction City.
            On a Saturday evening in May of 1890, farmer Andrew Nelson was robbed by three masked men who entered his house located about 14 miles east of Junction City.  Each of the robbers had two pistols.  When they discovered Mr. Nelson at home, the robbers ordered him to raise his hands.  While two robbers kept him covered with their pistols, the other one bound and gagged Mr. Nelson.  The robbers then began a search of the house, but they didn’t find anything they wanted.  They told Mr. Nelson to tell them where his money was, but if he didn’t they would kill him.  The robbers were given $25.33, which was all the money Mr. Nelson had in the house.  The robbers were in no hurry to leave the house and hung around for about an hour.  One of them said they had some mortgages to pay off and it was very difficult to do so on what they were earning from 14 cent corn.  When they left  Mr.  Nelson’s place, they took his horses with them. 

            Andrew Nelson’s life had been spared.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is a fish story – but it is not your usual story about the big one that got away.  This fish story made headlines in the “Junction City Union” newspaper in May of 1870.  The article told readers that during excavations in the northern part of Geary County a portion of the remains of a gigantic fossil fish were found.  It had been deeply embedded in the ground and was surrounded by a mass of boulders and other debris.  This indicated that there had been water on that spot.  Although only a portion of the remains were petrified, it was estimated that the monster fish was at least 30 feet in length with a head about a sixth of the fish’s entire length.  It had a large eye and the body was covered with a thick skin similar to that of the catfish.  The dorsal fin extended across the fish’s length.  The article concluded that there were other fossilized fish in the area, which were yet to be examined by experts.

            We have some fossils found in Geary County at our Museum.  Stop by and take a look and imagine what they might have looked like when the animals or birds roved or flew in our part of Kansas.  Our Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 until 4:00 PM and admission is free.  We hope to see you soon!!!  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about the Grand Opening of the Uptown Theater in downtown Junction City in May of 1928. The theater was located on the east side of Washington Street across from the Bartell.  The address was 611 North Washington Street. 
            Seats were filled to capacity as early as 7:00 PM.  Three performances were given and the theater was kept filled until the end of the last show.  Each lady in attendance was presented with a rosebud until the supply ran out at about 9:00 PM.  The roses had come from West Side Floral, who had also sent a beautiful basket of flowers to the management, which was placed at the center of the stage.  Jerry Baler of Lawrence was the guest organist for the opening and his performance on the Reuter organ pleased the audiences as well as the performance onstage by the Bratton Brothers.  A feature picture followed the live entertainment.  The picture was titled “Four Walls” and starred John Gilbert.  Several out of town guests who attended this opening of the Uptown Theater included a number of representatives of California film companies. 

            This format of a live performance followed by a movie was common not only at the Uptown Theater, but also at earlier theaters in Junction City.  Live accompaniment during the movie was also common.  Background music was played by an organist and sometimes by an orchestra, which went along with the action on the screen.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            In late 1949 a displaced family from Poland arrived here to live and work on the McVay farm south of Junction City on Highway 77.  Those were the first DP’s or Displaced Persons to arrive in Junction City.  The family consisted of Gregory Targonski, experienced as an agriculture worker, his wife Helena, their 16 year old son, Zigmund and an eight year old daughter by the name of Sophie.  Another daughter, Maria, who was eighteen was in Colby, Kansas, but was to join the family later.  A married daughter was in Austria, but her husband had immigrated to Canada and she was going to join him there.
            The family was brought to this country under the Displaced Persons program with the arrangements being handled by the Catholic Church.  Working locally with the church was Harold A. Roher.  It was the Rohers who met the family when they arrived by train.  The family’s interpreter was the 16 year old son, who spoke German as well as some English.  The Rohers also spoke German and with the son assisting, the conversation between the McVays and their new tenant family went well.  On their way to Kansas the Targonski family stopped in Chicago and was greeted by a friend of Mrs. Targonski’s who had come to this country several years earlier.  The family was greatly impressed with the vast open spaces in Kansas.  In fact the 16 year old son exclaimed, “We like Mr. McVay’s air much better than the air in Chicago.”

Many of us would say the same, except when there is the burning of the fields in our area.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s story comes from the Police Blotter in May of 1891.  It was reported in the local newspaper in May of 1891 that “crooks” had been at large that week in Junction City.  A successful robbery had been made on Captain Henderson’s residence and an attempted robbery was made upon the Presbyterian parsonage, but was discovered in time to get it stopped.  
            In another story, a watch and chain, together with his pants containing a few dollars were taken at the residence of Mr. T.S. George.
            And in yet another story in the local newspaper in May of 1891 was that of a shop-lifter from Hutchinson who was discovered by Marshal Cullinan as he was leaving the B. Rockwell Store.   It seems the manner in which the thief was trying to conceal two pair of shoes and two muffs under his coat aroused the suspicion of the Marshall.  The thief was fined $100.00 and he was assigned to an apartment in the city jail for ninety days.  

Monday, May 15, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

            The Ward Chapel AME or African Methodist Episcopal Church was pastored by Reverend Alvin Haskin in May of 1879.  The first chapel was a wood framed building on the corner of 9th and Jefferson Streets.  There was a coal stove in the center of the church to provide heat.  At first the worshippers had a small pump organ, but as the congregation grew, they acquired a piano.  The parsonage was a small five room house located at 208 West 9th Street.  The women of the church were active in supporting the church.  They sold dinners for 35 cents and soda pop for 5 cents a bottle at EVERY gathering or celebration.  The “Windows Mite Missionary Ladies” whose name was later changed to the Arry Williams Missionary Society met on Wednesday afternoons. During the winter months they quilted and in the Spring they would have a dinner and bazaar and sell their quilts.  In the late 1920’s, the church was remodeled to include a balcony and improvements were made again in the 1930’s.  In 1966, the property at 908 North Jefferson was purchased and this became the church parsonage in 1971.  The old parsonage was razed in 1978 and the site became a church parking lot. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 12, 2017

May 12, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            During today’s program we will be sharing information about three more of the historic buildings in downtown Junction City.  Again, this information may be found in a free pamphlet at our Museum titled “A Walking Tour” and can also be found on our blog, which is gearyhistory.blogspot.com.
            The building at 120 to 122 West 7th Street was constructed in 1929 for Robert Behrend.  It was used as a tire shop.  Before him his grandfather, J.W. Behrend, had a harness shop, which was later run by his sons Henry and William.  Today the building houses the Coryell Insurance Agency.  
            124 West Seventh Street, which currently houses the architectural firm of Deam and Deam, was originally built in 1889 for a dentist by the name of Charles K. Raber.  The Parish brothers had a grocery store there in 1910 and some city offices were housed there in the 1910s and 20s. 
            The final building in today’s program is located at 126 West Seventh Street.  This building and the building to the west were under construction when the 1887 Sanborn Fire Map was being printed.  As of 1905 it housed a music store and grocery.  In 1925, the Odd Fellows occupied the second floor.  Later tenants were Farmers’ Union Exchange, An A&P grocery, Tony’s Restaurant and now houses the Knights of Columbus Hall.

            Take a walk through downtown Junction City and reflect on the history of these buildings and see why we say:  “Our Past IS Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            In the next two programs we will be sharing information about some more historic buildings in downtown Junction City.  The information is from a free pamphlet which you can get at our Museum titled “A Walking Tour”.  41 buildings are highlighted in this pamphlet for you and others to read and reflect on as while visiting our downtown businesses. 
            Today we will look at two more historic buildings. The first is the Rialto Building which is at 607 North Washington St.  If you look at the top of the building you can still see the word “Rialto”.  This building was constructed in 1897 to house the Rialto Restaurant.  By 1908, Mike Frey had a restaurant in this location.  In 1919 eight brothers named Maduros came to Junction City and opened the well-known Good Eats Café, which lasted until 1977.  The façade was restored during the Washington Street restoration of 1999.  The space is where Bella’s Italian Restaurant is currently located.

            The next building is across the street from the Rialto and is the Bartell House, which is located on the northwest corner of Washington and Sixth Streets.  It was opened in 1880, by A.H. Bartell and John K. Wright.  The Bartell House Hotel replaced the Hale House, which had burned in 1875.  There were 66 rooms, parlors, offices, street level shops, a kitchen and a dining room with murals painted by Junction City artist Bertrand Harman.  The Junction City Post Office was located in the southwest corner of the building between 1888 and 1917.  Among the famous guests of the hotel were General Funston, General Wainwright, Sally Rand, Ann Sheridan, Gene Tierney, Al Jolson, John Phillip Sousa, W.C. Fields and Gloria Vanderbilt. When it closed as the Lamer Hotel in 1979, it was the last operating hotel in the city.  It has been restored and remodeled into a senior apartments, retail office space and at one time housed Kite’s Bar and Grille.    

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

            In 1986 a J.J. Pennell photograph of six prominent Junction City matrons wearing turn of the century dress, was donated to the Museum by Sally Powers Dietrich of Topeka.  Several of the ladies were identified on the back of the photo including the donor’s great grandmother, Anna E. Manley Pierce.  Mrs. Dietrich said she thought the group was called “The Budget” but didn’t know the meaning of the name.  However, a faded newspaper clipping discovered amongst some memorabilia donated to the Museum, revealed the mystery.  According to the 1913 issue of the “Kansas City Star”, “The Budget” was a letter writing club.  It further explained that “Twenty years ago, Mrs. Winans, Mrs. Barnes, Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Carr, Mrs. Brown and her daughter were all neighbors and members of the Universalist Church in Junction City.  They later scattered. Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Barnes went to Kansas City to live, Mrs. Winans to Hutchinson and Mrs. Carr to Toledo, Ohio, where her husband became the President of a bank.  Mrs. Pierce later moved back to Junction City where she and the Browns continued to live.  In 1894, one year after they had been so widely separated, they met in a reunion in Junction City.  It was suggested that the ladies regularly write to each other.  A plan was evolved so that one of the six women would write a letter once a month to the others. She in turn would read it and write a letter of her own to one of the six and send it with the letter she had received.  This would continue until the first letter writer got in one envelope five letters from each of the other ladies.  The club was called “The Budget” in reference to the combined letters which each received each month and to the wise budgeting of time which the round robin of letters signified.   Today, we can e-mail multiple people to receive the same message and they receive the information almost immediately on their computer or on their phone.  How times have changed.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017
You are listening to “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.  Today’s story is about a teacher, Miss Anna Dixon, who in May of 1945 retired after completing 39 years in the Junction City School system. She closed out her year and went to the Dixon farm to spend the summer with her three sisters as she had done for the previous 41 years, but that year was different, because she was ending her teaching career.  Miss Dixon was born in a small log cabin on the Military View Farm northwest of Junction City on old Highway 77.  Locally known as the Dixon Place, Anna’s parents raised 11 children on that farm. The Dixon home had always been a meeting place for young people from Junction City as well as those in the rural community.  In the early days there were no fences and the wagon trail ran directly across the military reservation to the Dixon home.  Miss Dixon completed two years at Junction City High School before accepting a position as a rural teacher beginning at Seven Mile School before going to Ogden and then Leonardville.  In January 1905, she entered the Junction City school system and taught there for 39 years.  It was said that she “Built the characters, the ideals, the hopes and aspirations of a small army of Junction City people.” 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017

This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

            This story is titled “Save the Fat – Help Win The War”.  “One tablespoon of fat saved each day for a month will furnish one pound of used fat to speed victory”.  This was a statement found in the “Junction City Daily Union” on May 28th 1945.  The statement came from the Kansas State College Extension Management Specialist.  She was reminding Kansas housewives of this vital volunteer duty to assist with the war effort.  “Fat collection is lagging in small rural areas” she continued, “yet the need for fats is as urgent as ever.  Meat shortage may make fat savings harder these days, but you may be missing ways to save fat.”  She went on to explain that “when one opened a can of sardines, salmon or tuna, there was at least a tablespoon of oil that could be poured into the fat salvage can.  Also, if one parboiled the sausages that county folk were so fond of, then the water should be saved so the fat could be skimmed off; and of course, fried sausage yielded a lot of fat in the frying pan.  It was suggested that all scraps be kept for one week in the ice box then melted down to pour into the salvage can.”  The extension agent then reviewed what one pound of fat saved each month would do for the fighting men of America.  “It would help make 150 machine gun bullets, make 6 bars of military soap, make 19 pounds of synthetic rubber for ambulance tires and help supply the medicines to maintain one military hospital bed for 12 days.” 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 5, 2017

May 5, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Do you know it is against the law to turn your chickens loose to rampage in your neighbor’s garden?  If you didn’t know this, you’d better brush up a bit as the local police force is into the law and intends to enforce it!  So read the headline in the Junction City’s “Daily Union” newspaper in May of 1912.  Two or three parties were said to have already told their tales of woe to his honor, the city court judge, and as many more had been warned.  Residents were advised to get out a hammer and nails and look for “leaks in the coop”. If they couldn’t stop the chickens from getting out on account of a poor pen, the law would not be too sympathetic.  Anyone without chickens was naturally proud of their garden and the law would be on their side if they took out their shotgun to protect their plants.

When riders of horses came to town, they were also reminded that they should use the iron hitching posts put up for the express purpose of tying their horses. The city authorities insisted on keeping its shade trees out of the grasp of underfed livestock and had ordered the police force to keep a sharp lookout for the careless horse owner.  The city was said to be a “tolerable jealous guardian” of its property and it hated, above all things, to have young trees that had just been set out devoured by either horse or cattle. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 4, 2017

May 4, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

            As each school year comes to an end, teachers and students have a variety of field trips and field days they experience.  That was also true at Franklin School in 1928.  It was a cloudy day and there may have been a threat of some rain on the morning of May 24, 1928, but in the afternoon there was enough sun and many smiles on the children of Franklin School, who marched through Junction City streets in a parade preceding their annual track meet.  Children were dressed in flower-like frocks in many colors.  The little paraders were led by a small boy who carried a large flag. Near him another boy was clad as Uncle Sam.  The little kindergartners carried streamers. Some rode tricycles, scooters or stick horses while some of the girls pushed doll buggies.  Even the dolls were fancifully dressed.  There were many clowns, Indians, cowboys on ponies, prairie schooners drawn by old Towser and Fido who seemed to enjoy the attention.  Children carried flags and balloons and there were banners that announced that “Vacation is Here”.  Sounds of horns, whistles and shouts of laughter were heard by those who watched the parade of youngsters.  Following all this excitement and grandeur, the parade of youngsters went to Fegan Field for their end of the year track meet, which is still the field across from the Freshman Success Academy at the corner of 10th and Madison Streets. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 3, 2017

May 3, 2017
            You are listening to “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            An elopement took place in the city on a Saturday night in May of 1908.  The parties concerned were an itinerant actor and one of the young ladies of the city.  The man was the young chap who took tickets at the theater entrance and then acted on stage as a subject for “Norwood the Hypnotist”.  He was one of four men who traveled with the show. The man and woman in this story had met each other early in the week and it was a case of love at first sight.  They were together as much as the young man’s duties would allow and when separated, both parties were said to have been longing for each other.
            It was suggested that the “Great Norwood” had failed to bring his subject, the young man,  out of his hypnotic state at the previous Friday show and on Saturday afternoon the man and young woman went down to the Union Pacific Depot and boarded the train going east.  The young lady’s parents did not hear of the matter until that evening.  The young woman’s father wired the authorities in the different towns east of Junction City to try to stop them.  The man and woman were located and apprehended on the veranda of a hotel in Manhattan. The next day the woman’s father went over and escorted his daughter back to Junction City, while the man went on to join his boss, the “Great Norwood”, at the next venue. 

            Perhaps the point of this story could be to make sure there has been no hypnotism of either the man or woman before eloping no matter how much love there is between them.  And… It is always good to get the blessing of the parents before planning for marriage.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

            Rain did not deter Junction City shoppers or even people from the surrounding trade territory from attending the opening of the new J.C. Penney Company store in town on May 21, 1928 at 9:00 that morning.  The beautiful new business was as resplendent as carpenters, painters and electricians could make it.  The store was thronged with shoppers all day and the large force of salespeople was busy selling new goods which had only just been unpacked and displayed. Junction City businessmen welcomed the new store through the medium of advertising and by sending congratulatory messages and flowers. The store was under the management of Dan Taylor, who for years was associated with his father’s dry good store, which was once in the location of the new J.C. Penny’s Store.  The J. C. Penny store in Junction City was number 901 for the company.  The arrangement of the various departments apparently made a strong appeal to those who attended the opening.  Each department was easily accessible from all others on the main floor.  Many of us remember the store as having  a devise in which the purchaser’s money was placed into a tube and sent by a system to an upstairs teller, who then sent the same tube back down to the sales person to give change and/or receipt to the customer.  The address of the J.C. Penny’s store in this story was located at 619-621 North Washington Street in Junction City.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Our Past Is Present May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017
           
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            On April 23, 1949, the curtain went up on the Junction City High School Senior Class Play titled “A Date With Judy."  The play was a comedy directed by Miss Whilhimina Engler and starred Lorraine Hildebrand as Judy Foster, the vivacious teenage miss, who kept her family and friends in a constant state of amusement and amazement.  Johnny Englemohr was cast in the role of Judy’s precocious brother and Fred Brown and Marilyn Swartz were Judy’s loving parents.  Others in the play were Duane Newsome as Oogie Pringle, Jeannie Parkerson as Mitzie and Joann Kaster played Barbara, Judy’s fair weather friend.
            The play’s story line was about a Mr. Martindale, who was a New York play producer.  Mr. Martindale, played by Harold Johnson, came to the small town where Judy and others lived to get away from the confusion of the big city to rest and relax, while visiting his friend Melvin Foster. However, one thing led to another when jealousy and misunderstandings abound.

            The “Junction City Union” newspaper reported that the production was enthusiastically received during their Friday evening performance with approximately 500 persons who attended the play.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Our Past Is Present April 28, 2017

April 28, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society
            Today’s program is another look at an historic building in downtown Junction City.  The information also comes from the free pamphlet titled “A Walking Tour”, which is available at our Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams Street.
            The building we will share about this morning is the Geary County Courthouse located at 138 East Eighth Street.  The Roman Revival building was commissioned May 20, 1899 and completed in May of 1900 at a cost of $35,000.  It was built by the firm of Ziegler and Dalton of magnesium limestone quarried in nearby bluffs.  The stone was so soft it could be hand sawed by the German and Swedish masons of the area.  The architect, J. C. Holland, had designed similar courthouses elsewhere in Kansas, including Manhattan and Clay Center.  Extensive remodeling of the interior was completed in 1999.  We have a picture on the first floor of our Museum as the Courthouse was being built. In the foreground you will see the loose stone and at the very top of the building a man working without safety protection from falling and no scaffolding. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Our Past Is Present April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s information comes from a pamphlet we have at the Museum titled “A Walking Tour."  This pamphlet has information about historic buildings in downtown Junction City.  Stop by and pick up a free copy and take the tour using this helpful piece of information to make your walk more meaningful. Our Museum is located at the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets in Junction City and we are open every day except Mondays from 1 until 4:00 PM. 
Now for a look at the Baskin/Clewell Drug Store. 
            The Baskin/Clewell Drug Store was located at 816 North Washington Street.  This was the last of the “old-fashioned drug stores” in Junction City, which closed when Roy Clewell died in 1978.  It was built in 1904 by pharmacies C.H. Baskin, who lived upstairs with his wife, Laura.  Charles Clewell, a brother of Laura Baskin, acquired the business in 1917 and eventually his oldest son Roy Clewell, became the proprietor.  The soda fountain had a 12 foot counter with onyx pillars and three oak-framed mirrors behind it.  The contents were auctioned on February 11, 1970.  Central National Bank remodeled the building which now houses an accounting firm.
Thanks for listening and remember to take a “Walking Tour” of downtown Junction City with a free pamphlet available at our Museum, which describes the buildings and some history about them.