Saturday, October 22, 2022

Boller Brothers Theaters in Kansas

Arcada Theater Holton, Kansas Closed Brown Grand Theatre Concordia, Kansas Open [1] Burford Theatre Arkansas City, Kansas Renovating Booth Theater, 119 W. Myrtle St. Independence, Kansas (Boller Brothers), NRHP-listed Renovating / Open Chanute Cinema I & II Chanute, Kansas Open Crawford Theatre Wichita, Kansas Demolished Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. Great Bend, KS (Boller and Lusk), NRHP-listed Crest Theater Wichita, Kansas Demolished Crown Uptown Theatre Wichita, Kansas Open [2] Crystal Plaza Theatre Ottawa, Kansas Open [3] Dream Theater, 629 N. Main St. Russell, KS (Boller, Robert O.), NRHP-listed Electric Theatre Kansas City, Kansas Demolished Fine Arts Shawnee, Kansas Renovating Fox Plaza Liberal, Kansas Closed Fox-Watson Theater Building, 155 S. Santa Fe Ave. Salina, KS (Boller Brothers), NRHP-listed Open Hutchinson's Historic FOX Theatre, 18 E. First Ave. Hutchinson, Kansas (Boller Brothers), NRHP-listed Open Emporia Granada Theatre, 809 Commercial Emporia, KS (Boller Brothers), NRHP-listed, Granada Theatre Emporia, Kansas Open Website: Emporia Granada Theatre Granada Theater, 1013-1019 Minnesota Ave. Kansas City, KS (Boller Brothers), NRHP-listed Open Granada Theatre Lawrence, Kansas Open Jayhawk Theatre | The State Theatre of Kansas Topeka, Kansas official Jayhawk website Closed - to be restored [4] Jayhawk Theater Kansas City, Kansas Demolished Hollywood Theater (Leavenworth, Kansas), 401 Delaware St. Leavenworth, KS (Boller Bros. and Boller, Robert), NRHP-listed Majestic Theatre Phillipsburg, Kansas Open Nomar Theatre Wichita, Kansas Closed Norton Theatre Norton, Kansas Open Overland Theater, 7204 W. 80th St. Overland Park, Kansas (Boller, Robert), NRHP-listed Rio Theatre Overland Park, Kansas Open State Theatre Larned, Kansas Open Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts Salina, Kansas Open [5] Sunflower Theater Peabody, Kansas Closed Uptown Theatre Iola, Kansas Status Unknown Varsity Theater Lawrence, Kansas Closed Wareham Theatre Manhattan, Kansas Open

A bit on West Hills subdivision

Joe Pashman was a residential developer/contractor/home builder. He working with Bob Onek developed one of the first residential areas out sw, west of the SW Fairlawn 33rd – 37th area where the homes were spaced closely together with shared amenities and driveways etc. He returned to Topeka a couple of years ago – he did a couple of commercial deck additions one at PepperTree gated communnity. Selsam Hanni was a financial consultant and/or investment company - they may have had attorneys on staff too. Jim Hanni was owner of AAA) he may/may not be related to the Hanni.

Monday, October 17, 2022

A M Thomas

A. M. Thomas served as attorney for the Topeka branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the time of its founding in March 1913. He was also a member and lay leader of Saint Simon's Episcopal Church in Topeka.
His house at 1024 Eugene. This is a postcard, on the back it says "Our home in Topeka. Thomas"
And a picture of him, from KSHS.

Monday, September 5, 2022

More on the Carnegies

I still feel that there is a book on the carnegie's in my future, but clearing the decks is hard. but tter is such a wealth of wonderful information. If you go to the Carnegie Archives PA , you can find the following information (all neatly typed and done with carbon copies) on every Carnegie in the nation. Impressive and cooll. To all those towns who claim to have turned down Carnegie--Atchison and Frankfort Kansas being 2 of them, untrue. Atchison did not want to be a free public library, their library at the time charged a yearly subscription fee and Frankfort could not come up with the matching funds--this was the case for many towns. It is all in the arhieves. Carnegie officials required applicants to provide the following information. Free Public Library 1. Name of Town___________________________________ 2. Population______________________________________ 3. Has it a Library at present?__________________________ 4. Number of books (excluding government reports)?________ 5. Circulation for the last year?_________________________ 6. How is Library housed?____________________________ 7. Number of rooms, their measurements and uses?_________ 8. Finances according to the last annual report: Receipts From Taxes_______ Other income_______ Total_______________ Expenditures Rent_______ Other costs_______ 9. a) Rate at which municipality will pledge annual support (with a tax levy) if building is obtained___________________ b) What is the highest rate of tax levy allowed by law?_________________________ c) How much income would this rate have yielded for the last five years?_________________________ 10. Is the requisite site available?_______________ 11. Amount, if any, already collected toward building______________ "To facilitate Mr. Carnegie’s consideration of your appeal, will you oblige by filling in the above, and return with a statement of any particulars likely to assist in making decision? It is necessary to give explicit answers to each question, as in the absence of such, there is no basis for action, and the matter will be delayed pending further communication." (Adapted from the three versions used by James Bertram, Carnegie’s secretary) The form below was designed by Carnegie officials to show that the community accepted the library grant as well as the specified responsibilities. A Resolution to Accept the Donation of Andrew Carnegie Whereas, Andrew Carnegie has agreed to furnish_______________ Dollars to the _______________ (name of community) to erect a Free Public Library Building, on condition that the said community shall pledge itself by a Resolution of Council, to support a Free Public Library, at a cost of not less than _______________ Dollars a year, and provide a suitable site for the said building. Now therefore be it resolved by Council of _________ (name of community) that said community accept said donation, and it does hereby pledge itself to the requirements of Andrew Carnegie. Resolved that it will furnish a suitable site for said building when erected, at a cost of not less than ____________ Dollars. Resolved that an annual levy shall hereafter be made upon the taxable property of said community sufficient in amount to comply with the above requirements. (The signatures of the clerk and mayor and the witnessing statement of the clerk followed)

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Tucks Postcards

Tucks Postcards. Raphel Tuck is one of the best known and most prolific postcard publishers from the 1880s to the late 1950s when Maxwell Communications bought them out and they faded into obscurity. It was located in London but had cards from all over, but in Kansas there are only postcards from Pittsburgh and Newton. Wondering who the stringer was for that area. They are lovely cards . This is one of my favorites, although not Kansas related I think has great details of women's fashions--gotta love those hats! (I believe that this is actually a was promotion for a show that was on Broadway) In July 1900 the first postcard competition was announced. Tucks company offered prizes of up to £1,000 for the largest collection of Tuck cards sent through post. First prize was awarded to the owner of 20,364 cards, the contest was over a period of 18 months, that is a lot cards and a lot of postage for the prize.

Monday, July 25, 2022

Dust Bowl Girls/Women's Basketball in Kansas in the 30s? Dust Bowl Girls--great, quick read. 1948 saw the success of the Delano Anti-Horse Thief Association, Branch No. 64's A.A.U. basketball team. It came in third place in the Kansas A.A.U. Basketball Tournament held at the old Wichita Forum. This was also the same year that the Maize Girl Scouts were founded. There is probably no connection to these events. There was however, a connection between the Girl Scouts and the Community building opened in 1957. The Maize Community Building movement was started in 1949 to give the Scouts a place to go. Many other organizations, including the Lions Club, the Knights of Pythias, and Boy Scout Troop 408 also are in Maize. It appears that women's basketball was a thing in Kansas early on and then faded out.