April 25, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
It seemed almost incredible to a Middleton, Pennsylvania firm that a car load of flour and a railroad car could disappear from the face of the earth leaving absolutely no trace behind. However, it appeared that was what happened. S.W. Maples & Company had ordered the carload of flour several months earlier from the Hogan Milling Co. of Junction City. In due time the shipping bills came through and the firm anxiously awaited the flour. Days passed and all inquiries at the freight house brought forth the reply that the load had not arrived. Communications passed back and forth between the two companies, and a small fortune was said to have been spent on postage stamps for written correspondence. Tracers were sent out for the car. It was known to have gotten half way from Kansas to New York, then it completely disappeared. Beyond a certain point, railroad men completely denied having seen the car. Switches and sidetracks were diligently searched and records of wrecks that occurred along the route were looked up, but to no avail. The railroad, which owned the car ordered a search made on every railroad in the country. Dozens of men were sent out and still could not solve the mystery. Then by chance, one of the tracers happened to pick up an old newspaper and read that some months prior a fire in a railroad yard had completely destroyed all of the cars. These cars had all been accounted for in the records, but after the fire a mass of what appeared to be flour had been found in the debris and its presence was not accounted for. Thus, the mystery of carload of flour that had disappeared after having left Junction City was found.
That’s todays story on “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.