March 3, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s story includes a potpourri of news items found in the Junction City “Republic” newspaper in March of 1949:
This was the beginning of Lent, which marked the annual pancake supper at the Episcopal Church’s Guild Hall. The supper featured pancakes and sausages for 50 cents. Eggs and dessert could be purchased for an additional charge. There must have been a larger crowd than expected, because there was a statement in the next day’s newspaper that “those who did not get served would be offered refunds.” The Episcopal Church still hosts a similar event, however, the prices are slightly higher.
With the Legislature being in session at that time several interesting items were noted in Representative Ralph Upham’s column in the newspaper. Dairymen had appeared before the fact-finding committee to protest the repeal of the law requiring State institutions to use - butter.
Representative Upham also noted that the liquor bill finally passed, but would probably require several amendments in the next two years. Those who favored the “dry side” of the bill claimed that there was not enough control and those on the “wet side” stated that there was too much control.
Mildred Keegan’s March 3rd “This ‘n That” column was as applicable today as it was more than a half century earlier. She wrote: “This country is sorely in need of another Will Rogers – someone with brain and wit enough to debunk the powers that be. In his day, whenever they got too big for the britches, Rogers would come forth with just the right remark to set the country laughing. It cleared the air and kept things from getting too heavy.”
Perhaps Mildred would see “Saturday Night Live” characters as modern day Will Rogers replacements.