This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Early March of 1923 was designated as a “Building Year” in Junction City. The local newspaper carried double page ads under the heading “Let’s Build! The boom has started!” The main article stated that with winter not quite over, work has been started on a number of new homes in Junction City and remodeling of many others is also in progress. The one great need for Junction City is modern homes and present construction activity is a step in the right direction. The article went on to ask, “Just what does this building boom mean?” The people who are building at the present time are, in most cases, people who have wanted to build for several years. This means the costs of construction have come down. Raw materials have been reduced so people can afford to build or remodel.
On the same page there was an ad from “The Citizens Building and Loan Association” urging people to save for their own home. The Franklin Paint and Wallpaper Store advertised that they had a comprehensive stock that made selection a pleasure. Harley E. Pritchett, contractor and designer of a new house at 518 West 3rd Street had plans for more new houses and remodeling jobs and would gladly furnish estimates. M.L. Coryell sold insurance against fire, windstorms and tornadoes. It was a busy time in 1923 for the building industry in Junction City.