Thursday, December 14, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 14, 2017

December 14, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            My brother and sister-in-law recently visited us from Fairfax, Virginia.  He grew up in Junction City and remembered Cohen’s Chicken On A Tray Restaurant when it was on Grant Avenue.  He knew it had moved to Grandview Plaza at some point and then burned.  The restaurant was well known to residents in this area.  Thanks to Charles Kuralt, who did a television travel show, the restaurant received national attention.
 I found an article written by Don Muret, who was a staff writer for the “Daily Union” newspaper.  He wrote: “Chicken-on-a tray and fingerbowls have been in existence at Cohen’s Chicken and Steak House since Sam and Mildred Cohen opened the restaurant on Grant Avenue in 1930.”  The author went on to state that “Charles Kuralt should have known he had put his foot in his mouth when he mentioned during his “On The Road” tv show that there were no decent restaurants along Interstate 70 in Kansas.  Cohen said Kuralt was inundated with a “gang of mail” from Kansans and other Americans extolling the delicious virtues of Cohen’s Restaurant in the Junction City area.
Those letters provided enough impetus for Kuralt and his tv crew to come back to Kansas and sample Cohen’s chicken delights.  A 20 minute segment was produced and aired later. 
Years before, when Sam and Mildred first opened the chicken house, the “New Yorker” magazine featured Cohen’s.  The “Mobil Travel Guide” also contained several pieces on the restaurant.  Cohen’s was also recommended by Duncan Hines and endorsed by Betty Crocker and the American Automobile Association.
Cohen’s moved to a higher elevation in Grandview Plaza following the 1951 flood that practically sank the building on Grant Avenue in Junction City. David Cohen and his father, Gene became partners when they took over the business when Sam and Mildred died in 1978. 
In January of 2002, the restaurant caught fire and was later closed.
Many of us remember the Chicken-on a Tray in the cozy restaurant.  It was a special place to celebrate special occasions or just enjoy the tasty food. 

And… that is today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is titled “That’s A Lot Of Not-So Angry Birds” and as you listen, you will learn why this title was chosen.  This is a story about the 1939 Golden Jubilee Show of the Kansas Poultry Breeders Association. It was being held in the Junction City Municipal Auditorium on Jefferson Street.  Several of the associations arrived in town early in the morning to supervise the arrangements for the show.  Erection of steel coops to accommodate approximately 2,000 birds were started immediately with all entries to arrive by noon the next day.  Judging would take over two days with the Saturday morning judging devoted to the 4-H Club members and high school vocational agriculture students. 
            Mr. J.R. Cowdrey from Topeka, who was the club secretary and treasurer, commented that there were no finer birds in the country than those that were being shown at this show.  An influx of hundreds of out of town visitors were expected to take advantage of the first Sunday show ever held by the poultry association.  After the first day of the show, local persons who attended came away expressing their opinions of the exhibits in terms little short of amazement at the amount of high quality poultry.  They encouraged others to see the show – especially since admission was free.”
            Now you know why we titled this program “That’s A Lot Of “Not-So-Angry Birds”.
And that IS today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about the County Commissioner of the Poor, Nellie I. Baker, and how she solved a problem in December of 1930.  The city woodpile was created at her suggestion.  The purpose of the woodpile was so that any able bodied man, was sent to the municipal woodpile located on different city lots, when he applied for groceries for himself and/or his family, because of lack of financial resources.  The man would receive a dollar’s worth of groceries for every rick of wood he cut and in the process he kept his self-respect and dignity.  County Commissioner, James Doyle, provided the free wood for chopping.  The trees were cut by prisoners of the County Jail and hauled to town in County trucks.  The wood, which was then cut and stacked in neat ricks, was given to the sick and needy or older people who were not financially or physically able to secure their own fuel.  C.W. Rouse got compensation for the groceries he needed by being the supervisor of the wood yard. 
            Everyone benefitted from this suggestion in 1930 from Nellie I. Baker, Commissioner of the Poor.
            There are only a few days left until Christmas and if you haven’t stopped by our Gift Shop to consider some special gifts for that special person, you will want to do so right away.  There is pottery with the words “Junction City” on them; Christmas tree ornaments of the Buffalo Soldier Monument, the 1904 High School, the 1882 Opera House; souvenir salt and pepper shakers, toys, puzzles and books about Geary County history.  Our Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturday from 1 until 4. 
            And…. thanks for reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            These “Rules For Driving” came from an article in a 1909 “Daily Union” publication found by Leona Garrison in our Research Center. The subtitle was “Every Person Running A Vehicle Should Use Them.”
            Here are those rules:  “When meeting another vehicle, turn to the right.  In passing a vehicle going in the same direction, drive to the left.  When turning a corner in any direction, keep to the right.  Stop at the curb only with the right side of the vehicle to the curb, even if it is necessary to turn around in the street to do so. Vehicles going no faster than five miles an hour must keep at least ten feet away from the car tracks, allowing faster vehicles to use this ten-foot space.  The speed limit is ten miles an hour anywhere in the city.  When turning corners, it is five miles. These are rules for driving put in as concise language as possible.
            Reckless drivers of automobiles may do a great deal of harm by neglecting these simple rules and by careful observance of them they will not only avoid trouble with the police, but contribute to the pleasure of every visitor, whether a pedestrian or occupant of a vehicle.  Frequently the drivers of teams (of horses) seem to feel that driving rules are for motor car drivers alone and not for them, but if team drivers will be equally careful to turn corners properly and pass other vehicles properly, much trouble and possible injury may be avoided.” 
            Today, we rarely have a mix of horses and cars on the streets, there is still some good advice here about being aware of our surroundings.  This is especially true during arrival and dismissal times of school children, pedestrians in cross walks, animals that suddenly dart into the street and monitoring our speed at all times.  These are some good reminders for us.
That’s today’s story.  Thanks for reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            We have 23 decorated Christmas trees in our house.  Many of them are themed, but five of them have only clear white lights and stand in front of our Nativity scene. Some people think 23 is a lot of trees. Well, today’s story is about someone’s idea about having a Christmas tree for every member of the family.
            In December of 1900, an enthusiastic mother wrote to the Junction City newspaper the following:  “I don’t believe there is anything on the face of the Earth that gives more pleasure to the average child than a Christmas tree.  It does make a good deal of trouble for the elders, but surely it is worthwhile.  One is only a child for a short while and one is grown up for so long.  Our big trees were glorious, but after all, the Christmas we always looked back on as the very best was the one where we each had a little tree of our own.  They were from about 6 inches high for the baby, up to 3 feet high for father.  They were planted in lovely pots and were decorated with little candles and cornucopias.  The decorations on each tree were different colors.  There was even a tree for the pets and no one was forgotten.  Every dog, cat, rabbit, Guinea pig or doll had a gift with its own name marked on the side.  Truly that was a Christmas!!!  I only wish I had nine little rascals to make all that happiness for and the means to do it.  Children are endless trouble, but how forlorn it is not to have them to trouble over at Christmas time.”

            Christmas is a special time for us to show our joy for those in our lives.  This COULD be done with a tree, but some just appreciate spending time either doing something together or just being together and enjoying the quiet.  The good thing is – we get to choose. And… that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.  

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Christmas will soon be with us!!!  At the beginning of December in 1921, the Junction City newspapers were already beginning to advertise ideas for Christmas gift shoppers urging patrons to not put off shopping until the last minute.  Cole Brothers had dolls with beautiful hair and sleeping eyes, attractive dresses and quality straw bonnets on their heads.  These were priced at $1.25 each.
 A line of exceedingly nifty coats were being sold at greatly reduced prices at the Phillips Dry Goods Store.  They came in a variety of plush fur and Boline cloth.  Marvelous lines of toilet goods were shown at the Miller Drug Company.  A subtle, delicate perfume in the “Three Flower” line was proving very popular and most attractive gift sets could be purchased in the form of toilet powder, perfume and face powder.
The Muenzenmayer Hardware Store advertised the Fairy Pressure Cooker, which was a heavy cast aluminum utensil that could cook the toughest chicken to a point where the meat fell from the bone in less than an hour.  It guaranteed to save the housewife two thirds of her cooking time and two thirds of the fuel costs as compared to the open kettle. Perhaps with this time saved, the lady of the house could be working on the latest innovation in needlework being sold at the Art Needlework and Gift Shop.  This was a patchwork luncheon set in unbleached muslin with color and the edge finished in rickrack to give it a pleasing effect. 
            We hope each of our listeners are narrowing down their Christmas shopping list as we get closer to that big day.  We have many gift ideas at the Museum that would interest our listeners.  Stop by our Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams Street and visit our Gift Shop for some special items for that special person. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 5, 2017

December 5, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about women in the 20th century workplace.  The 1906 Junction City Directory listed 318 women with occupational designations other than housewife.  These outside of the home job titles ranged from chambermaid, service girl or domestic to physician and music teacher.  At the beginning of the 20th century, it seemed that few women could enjoy the luxury of not preparing for some type of useful occupation and in some cases they continued in this work even after marriage.
            Many ladies were stenographers and clerks.  Early photographs show a lady teller in the age at the Jellison Loan Company office at Seventh and Washington and an early professional woman driving to work in a buggy.
            The nursing profession has been traditionally filled by women and there were half a dozen nurses and one female physician listed in 1905.  There were also many women who worked in less than glamorous jobs.  Those jobs were laundresses, housekeepers, domestics or servants, printers, waitresses, cooks, nursemaids and cleaning girls.  These occupations were all respectable and were often the means of supporting a widow’s family or providing the way for a farmer’s daughter to live in town and attend high school. 
            One of the most desirable occupations in Junction City in the early century was that of being a telephone operator.  The Junction City Telephone Company, founded by R.B. Fegan, was growing by leaps and bounds.  In 1900, there were almost 90 telephones in Junction City and 13 at Fort Riley.  One girl handled the switchboard in the first telephone office located in a little room above a barbershop on Washington Street.
            Perhaps the most common profession for a woman at the turn of the century in Geary County was that of a teacher.  These “normal training” graduates went out into the 36 rural schools in the county or taught in one of the four city grade schools or high school.  
            Women continue to play an important part in the Junction City workplace.  We now have more women in positions of leadership than might have ever been imagined at the turn of the 20th century.  The sad part is that it has taken over 100 years for women as a group to get where they are today.
            Tomorrow’s story will be about 1921 Christmas gift ideas. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 4, 2017

December 4, 2017
            In December of 1900, the B. Rockwell Merchandise and Grain Company celebrated its 35th anniversary in business. Mr. Bertrand Rockwell, the head of the establishment had only recently mustered out of the Union Army, when he rode into Junction City on December 1, 1865.  His ability combined with his strength was the only capital he had.  However, he applied it vigorously and by 1900 had gone through sunshine and storm, grasshoppers, drought and fires.  He had triumphed over all of these and made a business of which few Kansans could be so proud.
            According to the local newspaper, the Rockwell Mercantile establishment of Junction City, was known near and far as one of the largest and most solid in the west.  The splendid success of that firm may be attributed to its excellent management and the accommodating courteous treatment given to customers.
            While Mr. Rockwell was conservative with his ordering and selling of materials, he was liberal and chartable. In celebration of the 35 years in business, Mr. Rockwell gave a check of $5.00 per year worked to his 35 clerks for a total of over $1,600 dollars.  F.B. Gaylord and E.J. Blades had worked the longest time with the business and their checks amounted to $125 and $120 respectively. 
            The Rockwell Merchandise and Grain Company closed its doors in 1926 after 61 years serving the shopper’s needs of Junction City. 
            Visit our “Main Street Gallery” at our Museum on the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets and reflect on some of the businesses of the past and learn more about why we say, “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Our Past Is Present December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about a store in Junction City that closed after being in business for 60  years.  December 1978 marked the end of an era in Junction City.  For 60 years, Roy Clewell had been the owner and operator of a drugstore on North Washington Street.  The store was first opened by Mr. Clewell’s uncle, C.H. Baskin in the building next door.  Baskin bought the business in 1890 and the store flourished.  So, he expanded and built the new building.  Roy Clewell’s father operated the Baskin Drug Store from 1904 to 1917, when Roy took possession of it.  In the early days the business served as a gathering place of the community and the soda fountain jerks and comic books kept the school lunch hour crowds entertained for many years.   The soda fountain, with its mirror encased in a heavy oak frame was a focal point for people to gather and exchange their tales about daily activities.  The store was said to be the first drugstore in town to get a refrigerated fountain, where it offered a wide selection of flavors in its ice cream gallery.
            When it closed in 1978, the Clewell Drug Store could boast of having hosted some well-known people such as Harry Truman, Mickey Rooney and Hollywood star Gene Tierney along with lots of satisfied Junction City customers.

            Tomorrow’s story will be about another long time business in Junction City that closed its doors after many years of doing business.  

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 30, 2017

November 30, 2017
Today’s story is titled “Central National Bank’s Unique Way of Deterring Robbers.”
The word was out to all bank robbers who might have been planning a visit to Junction City after November 24, 1932: “Arm yourselves with Kleenex, handkerchiefs or towels in addition to your usual assortment of machine guns, revolvers and pistols.”  It was on that date the Central National Bank installed an alarm system of tear gas bombs as a further preventative against robberies.  According to the planners, the tear gas would fill the lobby and vaults with a smarting eye irritant that would send bank Presidents, cashiers, bandits, bookkeepers and customers alike stampeding outside for fresh air.  The tear gas was contained in shells or tear gas guns positioned in different parts of the Central National Bank.  The same system of push buttons that controlled the burglar alarms controlled the gas guns and the whole system could be set off simultaneously by any bank employee.
            Release buttons were located at every cage window, at the different desks and at other strategic points throughout the entire bank building.  The directors hoped the new tear gas guns would be an added safeguard for the bank depositors and apparently – it worked.  Junction City was fortunate that during the Depression period, bandits by-passed our town. 
            That’s today’s story.  We want to remind you that if you want a unique gift for that special person on your list, we have books, decorative items, games and other items of interest in our Gift Shop.  Stop by Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 1 and 4.  Our Museum is located at the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets.   If you have a person on your list who is interested in something related to Geary County history, we most likely have that special gift. 
And… thanks for reading  “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 29, 2017

November 29, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            It seems that scams have always been around.  At the end of November in 1914, local stockmen were warned to go easy when a stranger came along with his checkbook in hand and wanting to buy thoroughbred hogs for breeding purposes.  After purchasing the hogs, the stranger would take the animals to a packinghouse and a few days later the check would be returned as being bogus.  It was learned later that this particular con man had been working all over the United States.
He was described as six feet tall and weighed 200 pounds.  He looked and acted like a stockman, but clearly was not an honest man.  When he arrived in a city, he managed to visit a few of the well-known stockmen and since he was knowledgeable about the business, he was readily accepted. 
When investigating the case, the Sheriff found that the hogs purchased for the $62.00 had been shipped to Topeka and then sold to a packing house.  In less than a week, the Sheriff received word that the con man had been working his way through the country and it was suspected that he was on his way to find another gullible Kansas stockman of whom he would take advantage. 
We all need to be cautious of scams and pay close attention to salespersons who offer us something that sounds too good to be true, because it probably is.
Thanks for reading  “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 28, 2017

November 28, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is titled “The Moose Is Loose.” It is the title of a song written in 1914 by Will A. Brown of Junction City.  Mr. Brown wrote the song as a campaign song about Teddy Roosevelt.  According to the Dictionary of American History, the term “Bull Moose” became a popular name for the Progressive Party that was formed in 1912.  When asked about his health, Teddy Roosevelt replied that he felt “fit as a bull-moose” and the name Bull Moose Party stuck.
            When Will Brown died in 1915 an article appeared on the front page of the Junction City Republic newspaper.  The author of the article stated that Mr. Brown, who was born in Ohio, was a long time resident of Junction City and had been employed by the Ziegler Lumber Company. He had pursued writing music set with words.  A Copy of “The Moose Is Loose”, “The Kansas State Song” and “Whisper of God” were for many years in the musical library of the late Alverta Trebilcock, organist at the Methodist Church.  After her passing in the 1980s, the choir director of the Methodist Church donated copies of these local compositions to our Museum. 

            Stop by the Museum at the corner of Sixth and Adams Streets to see our Galleries of Geary County artifacts.  Our doors are open for visitors between 1 and 4 Tuesdays through Saturdays and admission is free.  

Monday, November 27, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 27, 2017

This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            In November of 1886, a local boy was running for election as the Congressional Representative from the Fifth District.  John A. Anderson had made his initial Kansas home in Junction City in 1868.  For five years he was the Pastor of the Presbyterian Church and an influential community leader.  According to accounts, he was an energetic, magnetic orator and charismatic man who enjoyed people.  When he left Junction City in 1873 to become the first President of the Kansas State Agriculture College, which is now Kansas State University, he left behind a new church building, a flourishing congregation, a newly established city cemetery and many devoted friends.  One of those friends was George Martin, the staunch Republican editor and founder of the Junction City Union newspaper.
            After five years in his academic role, Anderson entered the political arena and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.  In 1885, Anderson was the incumbent and the unanimous choice of the constituents in the district.  However, when the delegates met in Concordia in July to nominate the Republican candidate, some wheeling and dealing took place.
In fact, the nomination went to Judge A.S. Wilson instead.  Anderson’s supporters were outraged and on July 29th they convened another convention in Clay Center, where Anderson’s name was placed on the ballot as an independent candidate.  On November 6, 1886, theUnion newspaper reported that Anderson had won by a landslide over his two opponents.  Anderson went on to serve several terms in the U.S. Congress and then was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, where he later died.
 John Anderson was laid to rest in Junction City’s Highland Cemetery, which he helped to create.  
            And… that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 24, 2017

November 24, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is another from a published in the “Junction City Daily Union” and written by Gaylynn Childs, our retired Executive Director.
            “As the Kansas frontier pushed westward, one of the first agencies established in a new settlement was the post office.  In the territory that now constitutes Geary County, the first post office was at Pawnee, the village started near the First Territorial Capitol in 1855.  Robert Wilson, who ran the settler’s store at Fort Riley was appointed the postmaster in March of that year, but the community was so short-lived that by December the Pawnee post office had been moved to Fort Riley. 
            The first post office in Junction City was established in June of 1858, but there are conflicting accounts as to the first postmaster.  The Kansas State Historical Society records list Nathan S. Ranschoff, but in the Andreas “History of Kansas”, L.J. Harris is named as the first Junction City postmaster.
            Ranschoff was a merchant and the post office was located in his store until 1861.  This store was located on West Sixth Street between Washington and Jefferson Streets. 
            In 1864, George W. Martin, editor of the “Union” newspaper was appointed the sixth postmaster of Junction City and the location of the post office was moved to the building in which Martin lived.  This was midway between 8th and 9th Streets on the east side of Washington Street.  The mail was delivered by stagecoach during this period an often arrived in the middle of the night. 
            When William S. Blakely was appointed the postmaster position in 1873, the post office was located on Washington Street somewhere between 7th and 8th Streets.  Ella Lawrenson, the only woman postmaster to ever serve Junction City was appointed in 1894 and served until she was replaced by her husband a year later. 
            There will be more about how mail was delivered by carriers – even to the point of having to swim across the Solomon River to do so. 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 23, 2017

November 23, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story comes from an article published in the “Junction City Daily Union” newspaper written by Gaylynn Childs, our retired Executive Director at the Society. She wrote that “Ever since the first Plymouth colony gathering in 1621, Americans have associated Thanksgiving with feasting.  Even before President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the first Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863, it had been the custom in most regions of the country to gather around boards laden with the bounties of the earth and the fruits of the farmer’s toil to give thanks. 
In 1883 there was excitement about a newly completed Opera House in the community, where citizens could gather to celebrate.  The holiday news that year was that the grand Thanksgiving Night Ball would be held in the Opera House.  A local dance master by the name of Tappan had been preparing the citizenry in a number of nearby communities as well as our own, to dance off the effects of the Thanksgiving feast.
            However, the Ball was upstaged by a Thanksgiving Day fire, which got out of control in the Highland Cemetery.  It scourged the entire burying ground, ruining the trees and evergreens.”
            We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving Day feast of amazing food, conversation, football games or whatever you chose to do on this special day.  Please remember to pause at some point to remember those who are less fortunate than so many of us and if you can support the Food Pantry, “Wheels of Hope” and other organizations that do so much to provide food to the needy. 
            And… Happy Thanksgiving from the Geary County Historical Society.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
With large numbers of American troops deployed again this Thanksgiving, today’s story is about the kind of meal served to our troops during WWII.  The “Junction City Union” reported that for Thanksgiving dinner in 1949 every man and woman in Uncle Sam’s armed services would sit down to a good old fashioned turkey dinner whether they were in Japan, Alaska, Okinawa or Kansas.  Each person would have a pound and a half of turkey with all the trimmings including cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.
The Army Quartermaster Corps, which had charge of procuring the food for all services had purchased about five million pounds of turkey since June and expected to buy more.  They had started buying turkeys for the Orient in early spring and turkeys for eastern posts and Europe were purchased later.  Service men and women were permitted to invite immediate family and/or a friend.
At the Fort Riley Mess Hall, it was reported that they would have about 14 cooks to help prepare the entire dinner, with two men devoting their entire time to turkey carving beginning just after breakfast Thanksgiving Day.  All the cooks were graduates of the Army Cooking and Baking School at Fort Meade, Maryland.
            The dinners were all prepared by a master menu, which was made in advance by home economics experts and sent out to the troops.  These menus were carried out by Mess Officers, cooks and local Commanding Officers. 

            We wish all of you and especially our troops stationed in the States and abroad a Happy Thanksgiving from the Geary County Historical Society.  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about some of the activities going on around town to get ready for Thanksgiving celebrations.  On Wednesday, November 23, 1932, the “Junction City Union” reported that the “City Is Ready For Thanksgiving.”  “Six churches were taking part in a united service at the First Methodist Church that evening.  On Thanksgiving, St. Xavier Catholic Church would have a high mass.  Immanuel Luther Church, Church of God and First Church of Christ Scientists also conducted services either on Wednesday or Thursday.  On Thanksgiving Day, the weather was perfect. The air was crisp and cool and roads were in almost perfect condition for those who desired to take a motor trip to football games, go hunting or visit relatives.  All stores, the post office and public offices were closed and the streets were practically deserted.  The principal attraction of the afternoon was the annual football game between Junction City and Chapman High Schools.  In the evening there was the annual Elks Charity Ball, which was held in the Jones Ballroom above the Kaw Theater. The Good Eats CafĂ© was serving oyster and fruit cocktails, cream soup, baked young turkey and stuffed duck.  Candied yams, baked brown potatoes and mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and hot mince pie were also on the menu.  All this could be had for the sum of seventy-five cents.”  At that time, however, most people dined at home.
The day after Thanksgiving, the newspaper reported that the Junction City football team was victorious over Chapman by a score of 14-13.  One thousand two hundred fans attended the game.  The Thanksgiving Day football game was played each year until 1935, when the two schools joined different leagues. 

We hope you have made your plans for celebrating your thankfulness this year.  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            One of the most popular delicacies enjoyed by Kansans in the 1890s was oysters.  In Junction City during this era, oyster suppers were frequent offerings at every kind of social gathering from debutante balls to church bazaars.  How these so called “fruits of the sea” reached land locked Kansas in a state fit for consumption was somewhat of a mystery.  However, the “Junction City Union” newspaper had an article about just that in November of 1909.  The author stated that “the people of Kansas were expected to consume 180,000 gallons of oysters that winter.  The estimate had been made by companies who had made shipments here in previous years.”  The article further stated “If the estimate is correct, an order issued two years ago by the State Board of Health that prohibited the adding of water to oysters and shipment into the state in ice means a saving of $54,000 to the people of Kansas in one year. 
In previous years the common way of shipping oysters was to pack a big bucket two-thirds full of oysters and then fill the tub with ice.  The ice melted and then the oysters and the water were sold at from 40 to 60 cents a quart.  The Board of Health and Dr. Crumbine stated that this was a pretty high price for the people of Kansas to pay for water. So an order was issued prohibiting oysters to be shipped with ice in the same tub. The ice must be packed around the tubs containing the oysters and the oysters themselves were not to be touched by ice.
Oysters on the half shell, in dressing or as a stew are popular at this time of year.  If you love oysters – enjoy!!!

That’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
 If we get some rain, this story will have more meaning.  The story comes from a November 1910 newspaper and is about using an umbrella in other ways than protecting us when we are outside in the rain.  The author of the newspaper article wrote that “Umbrellas require a great deal of attention to keep them in good repair but at the same time they are well worth it.”  The author asked: “How often have your bonnets and hats been saved from ruin when caught in a sudden downpour with no shelter at all?  Upon arriving home after being caught in the rain, it was suggested that the umbrella should not be stuck in the stand and left to drain.  The moisture would gradually accumulate in the silk causing it to rot and go into shards in a short time.  It should be placed open, in a dry, airy room until it is thoroughly dry.
The article went on to instruct that when put away the umbrella should be left unrolled to avoid having the creases wear through.  One’s best silk umbrella should never be put in a stand, where the commonplace ones are kept.  Anyone coming in in a hurry, which places a walking stick or other umbrella in the same place, could unintentionally poke a hole in your umbrella. Old, worn out elastic or dilapidated and discolored tassels should promptly be discarded and new ones replaced.” 
            Well, if we get some rain and if you are a user of an umbrella, perhaps these tips from 1910, will be of use to you at least that is our hope. 
            Thanks for reading today, to “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society. Promoting the good things about our city is not a new concept. When people put down our city, each of us needs to have some specifics about our town and community that counter any negativity which is said.
            In November of 1877, the “Junction City Tribune” newspaper advised that it had added 60% to its circulation during the 16 months prior to November and that subscriptions were still growing.  Scarcely a day went by that new customers were not welcomed among the paying subscribers.  Some days it seemed that they came by the dozen and every trip by the home canvasser in our town as well as adjoining counties were fruitful.  The paper prided itself on the fact that its columns were the best medium for advertising in this part of the state.  The “Tribune” also boasted that there were readers in every state of the Union, thus making it a valuable tool for advertisements and a means of letting the other states know the value of Junction City.  This advertising brought to the west, tens of thousands of settlers every season.  They naturally chose localities where there was the greatest evidence of thrift and general prosperity.  They counted the stores, the mills, the factories and the shops and decided to stay – proving the power of advertising and positive promotion of Junction City.  

            We may not have all the stores and restaurants people want today, but we have a great quality of life with our schools, parks, law enforcement, fire fighters/EMT’s  and most of all a diverse community of amazingly talented people.  We are the best source of advertising about the good in Junction City/Geary County. Share your optimist with others about our community.  And… that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.   

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            On Monday we had a similar story to this one, which is about the need to control the population of animals that were a threat to the survival of farmers and ranchers.  In the 1930s, when very little else was thriving in western Kansas, the population of black tailed jackrabbits exploded.  The rabbits were pests, which needed to be eliminated.  Farmers and ranchers had lost their crops and thus their income. 
            A local resident recalled that the rabbits ate all of the vegetation above the ground, then dug down and ate the roots.  Grass was sparse after years of severe drought.  Cattlemen estimated that 60 rabbits ate as much as a cow.  Ranchers and farmers asked neighbors to help round up and exterminate the fast breeding rabbits.
            Organizations such as the American Legion and Farm Bureau chapters began sponsoring rabbit drives.  These drives became spectacular public events.  Thousands of people participated and tens of thousands of rabbits were killed. The residents gathered on horses, in cars and on foot to drive the rabbits through the fields into the holding pens.  The rabbits were then handed out for dinner during the depression days or sold for their skins.
            Even though I am not a hunter, I appreciate the need to control the population of animals that can quickly overpopulate and do damage to fields, crops and even our domesticated animals.  So, thank you to those who participate in legal hunting and use the meat for personal use. 

            And… that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about two polo games played at Fort Riley one Sunday in November of 1908.  The games attracted one of the largest crowds to the games that year.  Many of the farmers from eastern Geary County drove over to see the match, because the Humbolt boys were one of the teams involved.
            The first four periods were played between the Mounted Garrison and the Junction team.  Although this contest was not played at a fast pace, the teamwork of both sides WAS apparent. 
            The second game was played by the Humbolt team and a team made up of selected players from the Post.  The Humbolt team was made up of farmers, who had not played at all that year, however, they stayed competitive.  At the end of three periods, the Humbolt boys had four scores and the Post team none.  The play was fast and brought cheers from the on-looking crowd. The Post team came back and at the end of the eighth period and the score was tied.  It was decided to play off the tie.  During the tie breaker, the Humbolt team scored a goal and won the game, bringing a pleasant, but exciting afternoon to a close where the “Life of Riley” was at its best.
            And… that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.  

Monday, November 13, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            It was called the “biggest wolf hunt (or coyote/rabbit hunt) to ever take place in southern Geary County.”  The event happened in late 1920. The area of the hunt was a wide section of territory that extended south to Lyonsdale and Skiddy.  Seven hundred men and boys took part in the hunt with about an equal number of farmers and townsmen. 
            Aubrey Edwards had planned the event and was the captain of the north line.  The round up was in the Boyce meadow near the Hardscrabble School. Five coyote and several hundred rabbits were shot that day by the hunters.  It was reported that one or two coyote broke through the lines and escaped.  A.N. Miller, one of the townsmen said that “it was one of the best managed and best attended wolf drives he had known in his 32 years of residence in Junction City.” There were two dead coyote, which could not be identified as having been killed by one of the shooters. The dead coyote were auctioned off.  Thirty-seven dollars was raised and donated to the Salvation Army.    
            This was a huge hunt to better control the population of coyote and rabbits in the area, which is sometimes necessary to assist mother-nature to keep things in a balance. 
And… that is today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 10, 2017

November 10, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about Elmer Hoyle and his grocery business.  In 1947 he celebrated his 25th year in the grocery business.  Mr. Hoyle came to Kansas with his parents, who settled on a farm near Dwight in 1886.  From the time when he was first married, he farmed  - in a small way, but in 1922 he moved to Junction City where he bought the Leavell grocery store at 10th and Washington Streets.  Mr. Hoyle recalled on the occasion of his 25 anniversary that in those days grocery stores were poorly lighted, had little or no refrigeration and the poorly arranged stock was often piled outside the store because of a lack of space.  The proprietor stocked the sales floor, waited on all customers and worked from 7 AM until 9 PM every day and on Saturdays until midnight.  Eventually Mr. Hoyle had up to four clerks to help him serve the customers.  During those 25 years, all three of Mr. Hoyle’s sons worked in the store, which by 1947 had become a modern self-service grocery doing a large volume of business. Mr. Hoyle attributed his success in his chosen field to the close cooperation and support of … his family.
            And… that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.  

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 9, 2017

November 9, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            With the recent School Board elections now complete, our story today is about one man’s opinion about learning.
            In an effort to encourage people to subscribe to the newspaper, the Junction City Union printed the following tale in 1896.  It was written that “a man who didn’t take the newspaper was in town the other day.  He brought his family in an ox wagon.  He still believed Millard Fillmore was the President when in fact it was William McKinley.  He had just sold his pork for 6 cents a pound, when he might have gotten 8 cents.  One of his sons went to a blacksmith to be measured for a pair of shoes and another mistook the post office for … a church.  The son hung his hat on a box hinge and waited patiently for an hour for the service to begin.  One of the girls in the family took a lot of seed onions to the printing office to trade off for a letter and she had a baby which she carried in a “sugar trough” stopping occasionally to rock it on the sidewalk.  When it cried, she filled its mouth with a cotton handkerchief and sang “Barbara Allen.”  The old man had a tea kettle he wanted fixed and he carried it to the millinery shop.  The clerk thought he was CRAZY!!!  Having seen the hole in the kettle, the clerk politely directed him to the proper place to have it mended.  The gentleman then took an old plow to the jeweler’s to have it sharpened.  We told the fellow he ought to read the newspapers, (in order to become more knowledgeable about where services can be found), but he would not listen.  He was opposed to “eternal improvements” and thought “larnin’ was a wicked invention.”  Let’s hope they aren’t any people who think this way today. 

            Many of you have shared how much you learn about Geary County history on this program and we are confident you are lifelong learners.  Thank you for that and for reading “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 8, 2017

November 8, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is a continuation about the economic impact of visitors who came to watch maneuvers at Fort Riley.  Many farmers in Geary County leased their land to the government in 1903 for use during the big military maneuvers.  Landowners were said to be pleased with the way the Army made settlements with them for damages resulting from the troops going over their land.  One farmer said he had just finished planting wheat over 20 acres and when the Army crossed the field in several places they destroyed practically all the planting. 
            When the officers came around to settle for the damage, he was allowed 25 bushels of wheat to the acre and was paid a rate of 60 cents a bushel.  He could not have wished for a better settlement.  The gentleman did not have to cut or thresh the wheat and didn’t even have to worry about the failure of the crop.  Another farmer from the northern part of the county reported that he had sold $105.00 worth of apples and honey at the camp and was getting 15 cents a pound for his chickens.  He said that no one could tell him that the maneuvers were not a good thing for the farmers in our area.  Indeed, the Army WAS a good friend to farmers in 1903.
            Since the Army owns most if not all the land they use for training, it is doubtful that farmers reap these benefits in this way today. 
            Well… that’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 7, 2017

November 7, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            There were 6-8,000 visitors who were entertained during the Fort Riley Army and National Guard maneuvers in 1903.  This was almost twice as many as had come the previous year.  Most of the people who were attracted to the maneuvers planned to stay a day or two at Fort Riley.  However, they were disappointed because there were no accommodations for them.  Several weeks before the maneuvers, a Mr. Tyler, who was the President of the electric railway, sent out over a hundred advertisements to as many newspapers in the state as he could.  His ploy was to be sure that those who were coming for the maneuvers knew that Junction City was the closest town near to the Fort and was the only place in the vicinity of the big camp that had accommodations.  Besides advertising in the newspapers, Mr. Tyler had thousands of posters printed and sent them to all the towns in Central Kansas.  He spent his own money for the printing of the posters and newspaper ads, which benefitted his electric street car company in the end.  Those who visited or stayed in town rode his cars back and forth to the Post and all the Junction City business also profited from his investment. 

            Tomorrow’s story will be about how the farmers in the area profited from the maneuvers at Fort Riley.  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about how a few peach stones eventually developed 1,200 trees.
Mr. A. Packard, settled on his land in 1857.  The land was on the Smoky Hill River in Dickinson County about 17 miles west of Junction City.  One year after settling there he planted a half bushel of peach stones, which he had brought from Ohio.   Within ten years, he was enjoying what was said to be the prettiest sight west of Topeka.  There were twelve hundred trees in his orchard.  Each branch almost broke from the weight of the rich, luscious fruit.  From the time the trees were three years old, they blossomed regularly, but never bore fruit that amounted to much before 1867 or 10 years after he planted them.  Mr. Packard sold $600.00 worth of peaches that year.  However, the newness and the novelty of the crop attracted many visitors and many of the crops were just given to them.  The new 1868 season was expected to yield over 1200 bushels, although the fickle Kansas weather would undoubtedly have the final say just as it does today.
            We hope you have made your plans to vote tomorrow.  Polls open at 7:00 AM and will close at 7:00 PM.  The election of new City Commissioners, School Board members and the issue about the “New JCHS” will be on the ballot.  Please vote!!!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 3, 2017

November 3, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story is about a farm sale in 1898. It was a typical Kansas autumn day that greeted the very large crowd of farmers and business men who attended the Homan’s farm sale on Upper Dry Creek.  Auctioneer Campbell began the day’s work about 10 AM with an appropriate and witty speech putting everyone in a good mood.  Several horses were first offered.  There were ponies to full sized horses, which sold at prices ranging from $12.50 to $44.00 each.  These were thought to have been fair prices.  Cows were next, which went from $16.00 to $35.00 each.  Dinner was announced which consisted of crackers, cheese, bologna and excellent coffee.  The butter-making paraphernalia was sold following the dinner and then came the bidding on the barnyard. 
            The sale as a whole was described as an unqualified success and the large crowd seemed to enjoy themselves immensely.  It was a good day for a sale and those who attended were apparently satisfied with having been there. 
            This is another reminder to be sure to vote next Tuesday.  There are candidates for City Commission, School Board and the issue about the “New JCHS” on the ballot.  Exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, November 7. 


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Many attempts have been made to name Junction City’s Park at 6th and Washington Streets, which is now called Heritage Park.  In 1908, there was an attempt to name the park after a man known only as General Knox.  He was one of the early residents of Junction City in the 1860s.  In 1908, a number of the original settlers had been interviewed and encouraged to share information about the early history of Junction City in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the town’s founding.  Many of them recalled how the founders had designated the plot of land in the center of town to become the city park.  This property had been surrounded by a high picket fence and left for some time with no further improvement.  There were only a few trees near the east end of the grounds.  The rest was covered by high prairie grass.  General Knox, who was somewhat eccentric, took an interest in the park and planned it with paths winding through newly planted trees.  It was recalled that when the newly planted trees were in danger during the terrific heat of those first scorching summers, General Knox laboriously and faithfully carried water in buckets to keep his trees alive.  Although some of the trees died, his efforts were not in vain and the result eventually became a shady oasis.  Thus, in 1908, the call went out to name the area Knox Park in memory of this community pioneer.  However, this effort failed when some of the General’s more eccentric behaviors were realized.  It was not until 1989 that the name Heritage Park was given to this first Junction City Park. 
That is today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Our Past Is Present November 1, 2017

November 1, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Near the turn of the 20th century, the success of the late John Lundegran furnished a striking illustration of the opportunities in early Kansas.  He came to this part of the country with scarcely a dollar.  He lived in a tiny cabin and paid for his first land purchase with carefully hoarded receipts.  John died in October of 1897 at the age of 65 and was worth about $150,000 with two thirds of his fortune being in Kansas land.  His obituary stated that he succeeded, because he made farming a business.  He was never seen talking politics on the streets through a long summer afternoon.  Indeed, it was said that only those nearest him ever knew his politics.  He apparently earned his fortune out of the Kansas soil and put it back INTO the Kansas land.  It was acknowledged that John Lundegran found success on the farm as a result of the opportunity he had in early Kansas. 
            Speaking of politics – we want to remind you to vote on November 7, next Tuesday.  Candidates for City Commission, the USD 475 School Board and the consideration about a “New JCHS” are on the ballots.  Hopefully, all of our readers are registered and will exercise their right to vote. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Our Past Is Present October 31, 2017

October 31, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            The Irish, with their “little people” or leprechauns, are given credit for the Halloween pranks and mischief that reached its peak in the 1880s.  Practical jokes were the favorite diversions any time of year, but Halloween was the night to bring off the big one.  Most families in town had a friendly, go-anywhere-when-led milk cow.  It took little effort and not much planning for Halloween pranksters to transfer Bessy from her backyard stall to the church choir loft, the city hall or to the school Principal’s office, where she was left for the night.  Since indoor plumbing had not yet been invented, some outdoor privies were turned on their backsides and discovered at dawn on November 1st
            In our community, businesses and community groups provide a consolidated event with a parade, distribution of candy, games and activities, and prizes.  This makes it possible for all the little “trick or treaters” to be treated without threat of mischief. 

            Dressing up in a favorite costume and sharing treats at school is a much anticipated celebration. We encourage everyone to stay safe and eat the sugary treats over time – not in one sitting.  

Monday, October 30, 2017

Our Past Is Present October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            As the days seem to be longer and there is less sunlight it seems that the work days are also longer.  It is a challenge to remain upbeat and positive when we go to work in the dark and come home in the dark.  Well... there was quite a lot of discussion about something similar in 1897.  Only the discussion was about business hours in general.  Apparently for some time, the town’s businesses had adopted the custom as was the same in big cities – that of closing at 6:30 PM.  However, there was talk of going back to the old system of prolonged hours of trade.  It was argued that it would be a backward step if the action of a small minority were in control and deprived clerks and business proprietors of the hours of evening for rest and culture.  Businesses could not suffer it was said, if all businesses locked up at the same time.  It was suggested that consumers refuse to buy even one cents worth of goods after 6:30 PM, if any business should decide to stay open.  Reverend A.H. Harshaw of the Presbyterian Parsonage said that he knew that “the strain of the long workday was telling on the constitutions of men and women and if they were to be saved from ruined health, then the extra two hours a day on the job should not be allowed.”

            Our Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 until 4 in the afternoon.  Stop by and see the displays in our galleries soon.  Gallery One is going to have a display change that will be related to the impact of water on our community.  If you haven’t been in lately, come and see your Geary County history exhibited with artifacts only found here.  See you at the Museum.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Our Past Is Present October 27, 2017

October 27, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            We have been sharing articles this week that were published in the JCHS newspaper, “The Blue And White” from 1917 and 1918.  Today’s story is one more of those articles.  The by-line was “Vote for the Bonds Tomorrow” with a subtitle “And Insure the Physical and Intellectual Uplift of your Boys and Girls – Lincoln School Is Crumbling.”
            “Torn and ugly paper streaked with dust and soot is on the walls.  Cracked and loosened plaster on the ceiling and bare area of lath, threaten the children beneath.  The floors are rough and splintered and innumerable cracks never reached by a broom, furnish hiding places for dust and deadly germs.  The girls and boys sit cramped up in ill-fitting seats and work upon desks, which have been hacked to pieces by the passing generations.  Insufficient and poorly direct light enters through narrow windows, which are set far back into the walls.  Proper ventilation is impossible during the winter and the air of the rooms is unhealthy at all times. In short, the Lincoln School, built more than 40 years ago of second hand material and practically unaltered since, is totally out of date and unsatisfactory for education purposes.  The School Board, after careful consideration of every detail has decided that the only solution is a new school building large enough and modern enough to expiate both annoyances for years to come.  This building to be built in part upon the site of the 10th Street School and to contain six graded rooms, the junior high school, freshman class a print shop, the manual training and domestic art and science departments, a gymnasium, provisions in all for about 640 students.  A resolution has been passed by the Board of Education asking that bonds to the extent of $100,000.00 be voted for the purpose of constructing a building so described. It is the duty of every citizen, to boost this measure, which if passed will place the education status of our city on an equal basis with her other enterprises.  For, even in the mad rush of present business, we must realize that not wealth and splendor, but the youth of our town is the fruit by which real desirable people on the outside come to know of it.” 
            Some of this sounds familiar to the information being received even now about a “New JCHS.” We ask you to please be informed and VOTE ON NOVEMBER 7. 
            That’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Our Past Is Present October 26, 2017

October 26, 2017
            This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
            Today’s story comes from another article published in the Junction City High School’s “The Blue And White”. This is an editorial comment published in that newspaper in April of 1918 and read as follows:
            “The Senior Class of 1918, the most accomplished and august body which ever graced the shattered benches of JCHS is being maliciously disappointed and humiliated.  In past years, Seniors were privileged to be feted and feasted at an elaborate banquet and were presented with enough money by the School Board to enable them to put out an Annual with no special effort on their own part.  This year, however, they, like the soldiers across the sea, are forced to sacrifice their pleasure for they have been denied both.
            The Seniors are perfectly willing to forego the extravagance of a banquet, but consider it unjust to be denied a year book, the height of ambition the monument of attainment, toward which as a goal they have steadily held their course through four long years of toil.  To refuse them this outlet of literary expression is to dam up a swelling tide of genius.  And indeed this decision pronounces our doom for the Senior Class cannot of its self, finance the proposition. The price of cuts, paper and other supplies has more than doubled in the past year.
            So it seems that this illustrious body, this flower in the high school’s crannied wall, must go forth into the cold world leaving behind no record of its attainments, which if printed might have proved an inspiring influence and a radiant star of ambition to plodding classes in years to come.”    The author identified themselves only as “A Senior.”  That’s today’s story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.