Saturday, November 16, 2019

Helen Crow on house traps

Many older homes in Topeka still have "house traps".  They are in the backyard, maybe 10'-30' from your house.

It's like the traps under your sinks, etc., only bigger and serving the whole sewer line leaving your house, not just an individual plumbing fixture.

Do you have a basement floor drain?  It would be deeper than that in your sewer line.  My favorite sewer camera inspection ($150)/sewer repair expert is Shon Moore, cell phone: 608-9652.  My favorite drain and sewer cleaning ($100) expert is Gary Brown 887-8000.  Either of them can tell you what you have and advise you on decisions about whatever you might have or need.  

After 4 drought years and now a wet year, sewers all over town have moved and broken.  An inspection is a bargain compared to the mess a bad sewer can make for you.  

Jerry Palmer on deeds

Jerry Palmer, an attourney provided the following infromation on deeds for me,

"Warranty Deed is what a buyer of a house would get from the seller to covey all title to the property , without any exceptions. 

Mortgage is what the buyer would give to the Bank that loaned the money to purchase the house , that gives the bank security if buyer doesn't make the payments on the loan they can sell the property to repay the loan by foreclosing the mortgage. This is a very simplified and general explanation only valuable to understand in a historical sense the dealings shown on the abstract of your house title . The words mean the same thing today."

Scouting in Topeka

Reverend Fazell was the first Scout Executive. He became that in 1918. At that point in time is when the Topeka Council as it was known at that time became a “First Class Council” meaning amongst other criteria, it had a Scout Executive and an executive board. The council was formed in 1913 as a “Provisional Council.”  CF Menninger would have been one of the key community leaders of the time and it is entirely conceivable that he was a part of that first board or helped with the first troop organized in town even before we were a council. 

Reverend Fazell was the area’s first Council Commissioner/Scout Executive and started a troop with 5 youth at Polk school.  William Menninger was one of those five boys becoming an Eagle Scout six years later in 1917.

In 1928, Dr. William Menninger organized a Sea Scout patrol as a solution to retaining older boys in the Boy Scout troop.  In 1929, it became its own Sea Ship.  The first Sea Scout leader’s manual called the S.S. Kansas Skipper’s Aid was created by the local Sea Scout Ship.  Later, he wrote The Skipper’s Handbook. 

Doug Mauck on Mrs. King

Miss Katrine Maxwell King
 by Doug Mauck

Katrine M. King was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1872, moved to Topeka with her mother and two brothers in about 1890 and died at age 65 at her home at 1017 N. Quincy.

When Ms King arrived in Topeka, she was only about 18 years of age, but she quickly began her life’s career helping any and all humans or animals that were in distress. The work she did was considered to be ‘humane’ and it consisted of being humane to all beings at all times. 

In the 1890’s, horses were used for nearly all local transportation and freight movement. The owners of the horses were not always attentive to the needs of the animals, but people such as Ms King made it their business to correct bad treatment of beasts of burden.  Ms King and her brothers caused a watering trough to be placed in the intersection of 6th and Quincy so that drovers would have no excuse to not provide water for their horses.

In 1896, Ms King was given a medal by the Topeka Fire Department for rescuing several horses from a burning barn after the men had determined that the rescue was impossible.

There had never before been a woman sworn in as deputy sheriff until February 20, 1910 when Ms King was sworn in to assume the duties of a welfare officer for Shawnee County. Although the term ‘Special Deputy’ was not used at the time, her office fit the description, as she was not expected to serve in all of the capacities of a deputy sheriff, but only the duties as a welfare officer.

When Jay E. House became mayor of the City of Topeka in 1915, he offered Ms King a position with the city as the welfare officer.  Ms King was hesitant to accept the position as she had been doing the work with her own money and was independent in her decisions. Mayor House assured her that she would be in charge of the duties and could remain independent in her decisions. Ms King provided assistance for persons living in poverty and also assisted immigrants in gaining citizenship.  In September,1922, Katrine King herself became a citizen of the United States, although in the preceding years Ms King had assisted many immigrants in obtaining citizenship, she was unaware that she was not included years ago when her brothers obtained citizenship.

 Katrine and her brothers put together a wagon filled with cots and medical supplies and brought the wagon to events such as the State Fair where large crowds could be expected so that they could provide first aid and medical assistance when needed.

Perhaps most notable is the fact that Ms King and her brothers provided these humane services at their own expense and never solicited donations.  When Federal Judge C. G. Foster died, he appreciated Ms King’s work to the extent that he left  a business building at 917 Kansas to Ms King and her brothers to continue their charitable work.  The Foster Humane Society was established in the building and the Kings operated their activities from there.

In 1937, Katrine King became ill at age 65 and was unable to continue her work.  Her friends urged her to apply for a city pension.  It should be noted that in 1937, in the final years of the Great Depression, pensions were not considered to be employee rights, but a favor that may or may not be granted.

Ms King died later in 1937 in her home at 1017 North Quincy and was buried in Rochester Cemetery.


Tinkham Veale

Obit in Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/19/2012

Gates Mills -- Tinkham Veale liked to say, "Business is business; isn't it fun?"
Veale, a leading industrialist, horseman and benefactor, died Tuesday at Fair Elm Farm, his long-time estate in Gates Mills. He was 97.
Known as Tink or sometimes TV, he preached "corporate partnerships" at Alco Standard, Sudbury and other conglomerates. He persuaded hundreds of entrepreneurs to sell him their businesses, keep running them but delegate the paperwork to the "shiny pants" at the central office.
"He hired people and let them do their things," said Dan Harrington, president of HTV Industries in Pepper Pike, which Veale chaired. The chairman once argued with Harrington about a decision, then said, "I agree with you. I just wanted to see how firmly you believed it."
Jim Judelson, retired president of Gulf and Western, often partnered with Veale in investments. Said Judelson, "He enjoyed life. We used to bet who'd have the better year in their companies. We'd go out to dinner, and the loser would pay."
At Veale's alma mater, Case Western Reserve University, his Veale Foundation pledged $20 million in 2010 for the Tinkham Veale University Center. He'd already backed the school's Veale Natatorium and its Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center.
The foundation also supported the Veale Wellness and Aquatic Center at Breckenridge Village in Willoughby and the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum at eight local private schools.
Veale raised many thoroughbreds in Gates Mills, Kentucky and France. His Vital Force won more than $200,000 by age 4. He later owned Ellis Race Course in Kentucky.
He was born in Topeka, Kansas. When he was 6, his engineer father joined Eaton Corp. and moved the family nearby. The son starred in football and basketball at Heights High School and Case Institute of Technology, despite nearly dying in a car wreck that killed his brother.
With a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Veale joined General Motors in Detroit in 1937, Avery Engineering in Cleveland in 1939, then briefly represented Cleveland's Reliance Electric in Detroit. In 1941, he joined Ohio Crankshaft here and married Harriett Ernst of the Ernst and Young accounting family. She died in 1998.
From 1947 to 1951, Veale directed Crankshaft's Tocco Co. He also spent four years as a councilman in Gates Mills and became president of the suburb's historical society. In 1952, he served as a grand jury foreman for Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
That year, Veale bought Ric-Wil in Barberton. Two years later, he became president of Alco Oil and Chemical Corp. in Philadelphia.
In 1959, a heart attack led him to retire young, but not for long. The next year, he teamed with his brother George and a Case classmate, John T. Vaughan, to form V&V Companies of Cleveland and start buying small manufacturers, mining companies and distributors. In 1965, V&V merged with Alco to form Alco Standard Corp, based in Valley Forge, Pa.
Veale served as the new company's president and chairman until 1971 and remained chairman until 1986. By 1983, Alco had more than $8 billion in yearly revenue. By 1987, it had some 175 businesses with 16,000 employees across the U.S. and Europe. True to his views about independence, he seldom visited Alco headquarters.
Veale chaired many other businesses over the years, including Sudbury Holdings in Beachwood.
His many awards from Case Western include its first Olympian Award and a University Medal, the school's highest honor.
He belonged to the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club, Mayfield Country, Union Club and more. He liked to toast to "friendship, friendship, good old-fashioned friendship."
Tinkham Veale II

Survivors: Children, Harriett Leedy of St. Louis, Tinkham Veale III of Villanova, Pa. and Helen Gelbach of Gates Mills, seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Tinkham Veale III Age 70—75
(610) 687-3258

George W. Veale, Topeka, Kan. This history covers the first half century of the statehood of Kansas and was prepared at the close of that period. Of the men who were conspicuous figures in the making of the state's history, comparatively few yet remain. One of those pioneers who have completed a half century within the state is Col. George W. Veale, of Topeka, well known to the people of Kansas through a long and useful identification with the public affairs of the state, Colonel Veale was born on a farm about five miles south of Washington, Daviess county, Indiana, May 20, 1833, and is the descendant of one of the oldest of American families. In 1640, there came to the colony at Jamestown, Va., three brothers, one of whom finally settled in New Hampshire, where the family name became established as Viele. The second brother settled in New Jersey, and his descendants adopted the surname of Vail. The third brother settled in South Carolina and established that branch of the family to which Colonel Veale belongs. James C. Veale, the father of Colonel Veale, was born in South Carolina in 1787, the fourth in a family of five sons and three daughters born to his parents, James C. and Lovina Veale. He received a good education in South Carolina, and taught school in North Carolina and Georgia prior to his removal to Indiana with his parents in 1806, or when he was nineteen years of age. In 1809, he taught the first school ever taught in Daviess county, Indiana, and continued to be thus engaged until the war of 1812, when he joined General Harrison in his campaign against Tecumseh. He served under Captain Moderl and was wounded at the battle of Vincennes. He died on the old homestead in Daviess county, Indiana, in 1858, still bearing the ball he received in that engagement He was numbered among the early abolitionists in Indiana, and was one of the most esteemed and honored pioneers of Daviess county. He was a Whig in politics, though he voted for James K. Polk, the Democratic candidate for the presidency in 1844. In 1813 he wedded Eleanor Aikman, a native of Shepherdstown, in the Shenandoah valley of Virginia, where she was born in 1792. She was reared in Virginia and there received an excellent education. About 1811 or 1812, she accompanied her parents, James Aikman and wife, to Daviess county, Indiana, where they located near a creek still known as Aikman creek. During the war of 1812, both the Veale and Aikman families were taken to Corner's Fort for protection while the fathers were with General Harrison fighting the Indians and British. Both were farmer families and both pioneers of Daviess county, Indiana. James C. and Eleanor (Aikman) Veale began housekeeping on a farm five miles south of Washington, Daviess county, Indiana and there became the parents of ten children, namely: William T., John M., who lost his life at sea due to a wreck by storm, while en route from New Orleans to Pensacola, Florida, in 1849; Sarah, James A., Julia, Mary M., now Mrs. Fielding Johnson, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Elizabeth, Eleanor, who died when eight years old; Anderson, who resides at the homestead in Indiana, and Col. George W. Veale, of this review. Of these children but three are living: Mary M., Anderson and Col. George W. (1911). The mother passed away in 1871; she was a member of the Presbyterian church. James C. Veale, the grandfather of Colonel Veale, was a native of South Carolina and a patriot under Sumter in the Revolutionary war. He removed his family to Daviess county, Indiana in 1806, making the journey in wagons and accompanied by nine slaves. He located near a creek that was named for him, and when Daviess county was organized one of the townships received the name of Veale. He died on his original homestead there about 1841, when ninety-three years of age, and was survived by his wife until 1844, when she too passed away at the same place. Col. George W. Veale grew to manhood in Indiana. He attended school about three months each year until seventeen years of age, when he entered Wabash College and was a student there two years. He then became a clerk in a dry goods store at Evansville, Ind., and remained in that position from 1852 until 1857. On Jan. 20, 1857, George W. Veale and Miss Nannie Johnson were united in marriage in Evansville, Ind., and on March 29 following, Colonel Veale and his bride left Evansville on the steamer "White Cloud" in company with the family of the late Judge Crozier, of Leavenworth. On April 7, 1857, they arrived at Quindaro, a historic free-state town near the Missouri river in what was then Leavenworth county, but is now included in Wyandotte county. There Colonel Veale engaged in merchandising and also began his career of public usefulness which has continued for half a century. He served as the first sheriff of the new county of Wyandotte and, under President Lincoln's first call for volunteers he raised his first company at Quindaro in June, 1861, for service in the Civil war. He was commissioned captain and still has in his possession that commission, dated April 29, 1861, and signed by Charles Robinson, governor. His company was assigned to the Fourth Kansas Volunteer cavalry, and later he saw service as colonel of the Second Kansas Militia, which served in the campaign against Price in his invasion of Kansas. At the battle of the Blue, Colonel Veale and his men won distinction through their valorous conduct in holding their position against superior numbers with fearful loss. His whole military record is one of skill and bravery as a soldier, and he has well maintained the family prestige for courage and patriotism. After a brief residence at Quindaro, he established himself in the dry goods business at Topeka, the firm being Hamilton & Co. In 1866, he was appointed state agent for the sale of railroad lands, which position he held three years. He was also tax commissioner for the Union Pacific railroad a number of years and was one the incorporators of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad. He organized the Topeka Bank and Savings Institution, which is now the Bank of Topeka, and he built the Veale Block, one of the handsome business blocks of Topeka. Colonel Veale has been an ardent and active Republican all of his life. He was a member of the first legislature under the Leavenworth constitution; served two terms in the state senate during 1867 and 1868, as the legislature met each year then; and served fourteen years in the lower house of the state legislature, his services in the house beginning in 1871. In that same year he served as president of the State Fair Association. He is a member of the Kansas State Historical Society and served as its president in 1907-8. He is also a member of the Red Cross Association. He joined the Masonic order in 1866 and took the degrees with the late Senator Preston B. Plumb and Charles Columbia.
Mrs. Veale was born in Pike county, Indiana, in 1838, and was reared there. She is the daughter of Col. Fielding Johnson, a pioneer of Pike county and a veteran of the Black Hawk war. He was one of President Lincoln's first appointees in Kansas, having been made agent for the Delaware Indians, in which capacity he served until about the close of the war. He became prominent in many ways during the war. He was the son of Thomas Johnson, secretary to General Harrison and a member of the first constitutional convention of Indiana, where he took a prominent part in the formation of that state's constitution. Mrs. Veale is a first cousin of John W. Foster, the famous American diplomat, whose wife is the niece of General McPherson, commander of the Army of the Tennessee at the time of his death at the battle of Atlanta. Mrs. Veale has been an able and a noble companion to her husband during his long and active public career. Their former home, the site of which is now occupied by the Auditorium, was one of the social centers of Topeka in earlier years, and many distinguished people have been entertained there, including Gen. U. S. Grant and his suite. To Mrs. Veale belongs the honor and distinction of making and presenting to Captain Veale's company the first Union state flag used by Kansas troops in the Civil war. On horseback she solicited subscriptions for the material throughout Wyandotte county, and after receiving the necessary amount gave a dinner at her home in honor of the company. To that dinner she invited the wives, mothers, sisters and sweethearts of the company, who vied with each other in making the flag. It was a beautiful emblem and with the exception of the stars, which were placed on it by Col. Fielding Johnson, it represented the loving handiwork of those noble and patriotic women.
To Colonel and Mrs. Veale were born three children, two of whom grew to maturity, namely: George W. Veale, Jr., born in Quindaro, in 1858, and educated in the Topeka public schools, at Washburn College and at the Military Institute, Chester, Pa.; he is now proprietor of the U. V. Laundry in Topeka; Walter J. Veale, born in Topeka, in 1866, was educated in Topeka and at Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind.; he is now in business in the City of Mexico.
Colonel Veale is now retired from all active duties, but he retains his former interest in public affairs and is thoroughly conversant with all the issues of the day. In Topeka, where he has resided over fifty years, he is esteemed as one of that city's most public-spirited citizens, one who in action was ever honorable and in life upright, and his name will go down in history supported with all the attributes of a well spent life and an honorable career.

Pages 352-355 from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.

Arthur Carruth

"A good reporter"

Arthur Carruth Jr,, also known as AJC or the "BOC" began his career as a boy, while working in the hop fields for his first summer job he created a daily bulletin for this schoolmates, stories of boys who picked boxes of hops in record time headlining the editions.  During high school he wrote a column of high school happenings for his local paper. College lead him editorship of the yearbook and the Washburn school paper.  Upon graduation in 1908 he joined the State Journal and continued there as reporter, city editor, managing editor, and co-publisher until the paper was sold in 1940.  He was such an instrumental member of the Washburn board of Regents aht in 1960 a residence hall was named after him and in 1931 he was awarded with an honorary Doctorate of Literature.   Aided in the organization of the Topeka Press Club, Topeka Civic Symphony, Shawnee Country Club and a charter member of the Topeka Rotary Club.