Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Household Magazine

Household Magazine was published by Arthur Capper beginning in the 1920s for the subscription price of 25cents/a year. Household Magazine had a test house for new household products was at 6th and Franklin. The girls taking Household Physics at Topeka High would take field trips there. According to Wiki--The Household Searchlight Recipe Book, was one of the United States' most-published cookbooks. It was in print almost continuously from 1931 until 1954 and sold more than 1 million copies. It was published by Capper Publications of Topeka, Kansas, and reprinted five times between 1977 and 1991 by Stauffer Publications. I believe this to be true. I also believe that this is where Clementine Paddleford, arguably America's first food writer, got her start. I have sort of thought that the Harvey House test kitchen might have been here as well, but the Harvey Houses are much earlier than this, so if it was the test kitchen was someplace else first.

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?

https://www.amazon.com/Dust-Bowl-Girls-Barnstormed-Basketball/dp/161620740X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=dust+bowl+girls&qid=1636460180&qsid=133-8658226-4856162&sr=8-1&sres=161620740X%2C029932754X%2CB08JYLW925%2C0590371258%2CB00DUAPNZY%2CB077G2MQ9R%2C1542023343%2C0593225252%2CB0792X58FF%2C0517880946%2CB08JLFLWGR%2C1541915461%2CB00HY19AOA%2CB09C8JXJPM%2CB01NAT0KPN%2CB075Z4J4CV Dust Bowl Girls--great, quick read. https://cityofmaize.org/history.php 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. https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/women-s-basketball/12243 It appears that women's basketball was a thing in Kansas early on and then faded out.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022


Black Organizations: The Lost Empire; Black Freemasonry in the Oold West 1867-1906 by James R. Morgan III The History of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs, Inc. A Legacy of Service by LaVonne Leslie Our Kind of People; Inside America's Black Upper Class by Lawrence Graham Black Rural/Farming: African American Gardens nad Yards in the Rural South by Richard Westmacott Classics: Up From Slavery by Booker T Washington The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. DuBois The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson Narrative of the LIfe of Frederick Douglass an American Slave The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks Background: Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia of American Race Riots vol. 1 and 2; Edited by Walter Rucker and James Upton Riot and Remembrance: America's Worst Race Riot and It's Legacy by James Hirsch Red Summer; the Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America by Cameron McWhirter African Americans on the Great Plains An Anthology edited by Bruce Glasrud and Charles Braithwaite The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago; Anthonoy Overton and the Building of a Financial Empire by Robert Weems The Color of Law; A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein In Search of the Racila Frontier; African Americans in the American West 1528-1990; by Quintard Taylor Fredrick Douglass; Prophet of Freebom by David Blight Wilber "Bullet " Rogan and the Kansas City Monarchs by Phil Dixon In Search of Canaan; the Black Migration to Kansas, 1879-1880 by Robert Athearn Exodusters; the Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction by Nell Irvin Painter Blacks in Topeka From the Rear of the Train, my story as Eisenhower's Porter to Innovator on the Santa Fe Railway by Larry Wright Sr. Blacks in Topeka, 1865 to 1915 by Thomas Cox Contemporary: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide; White Rage by Carol Anderson Civil Rights Movement: Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson The Eyses ot the Prize Civil Rights Reader, editors Clayborne Carson, David Garrow, Vincent Harding, Darlene Clark and Gerald Gill The Children by David Halberstam Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary by Juan Williams Black Press: Whither the Black Press? Gloriouis Past, Uncertain Future by Clint Wilson The Defender: How the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America by Ethan Michaeli Brown v. Board Simple Justice by Richard Kluger A Time to Lose by Paul Wilson Th NAACP Legal Strategy Against Segregated Education, 1925-1950 by Mark Tushnet

Friday, June 24, 2022

Dr. Day Monroe--One of Lila Day Monroe's Daughters

As always, I was looking for something else and I came across this....Lila Day Monroe (aka Judge Lee Monroe's wife), they lived across the street from the Dillon house (her house was razed for the Docking to be built, it was 3 story, yellow brick....), she was a suffragette, editor, the first woman lawyer in KS and the person who compiled the stories that became Pioneer Women. One of her daughters lived in Potwin, but this is the other unknown daughter! So cool to find this. C Here is a link to the book that was mentioned: https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=30432976646&cm_mmc=ggl-_-COM_Shopp_Rare-_-product_id%3Dbi%253A%2030432976646-_-keyword%3D&gclid=Cj0KCQjwntCVBhDdARIsAMEwACmMHekdzkeA3qb7DzOahJLM1p05lhba_o7kUbp90vdF3j9Js0JEWbUaAswcEALw_wc&fbclid=IwAR3p6p2ILPzcLD_CSufaJKhZtl4v0RIqi3OuVz6tVko9wPpViKOKgDtqp1I Here is her obit: Topeka Capital-Journal, Thursday, June 3, 1982, page 34: Day Monroe Day Monroe, 93, 7220 Asbury Lane, formerly of 2311 W. 17th, died late Tuesday at a Topeka hospital after a short illness. She was born Oct. 19, 1888, at WaKeeney, the daughter of Judge Lee Monroe and Lila Day Monroe. She was graduated from Washburn College and received an honorary doctorate from Washburn University, both at Topeka. She also studied at Sorbonne, Paris, France; Columbia University, New York City, and received her doctorate from the University of Chicago. Miss Monroe taught at Columbia University, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and later taught economics at the University of Washington, Seattle. During World War II she served with the American Red Cross in France. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Cathedral and Topeka Home Economist Club, both at Topeka. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Lenore M. Stratton, Topeka. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

The State Library

" The State Library was founded on the basis of the Kansas Territorial Library, first funded in 1855. In 1863, the Kansas Legislature made the first appropriations of $2,000 to form the Kansas State Library. Originally the collection consisted of a general collection and a law collection and was housed in the state auditor’s office who also acted as librarian. This proved unsatisfactory and an act in 1870 designated a board of directors and State Librarian appointed by the governor. The initial annual salary of the State Librarian was $500. At this time, the State Library was housed in a room in the East wing of the Capitol. In 1900, the State Library was moved to its current site in the North Wing on the third floor of the Capitol. The State Librarian at the time, populist Annie Diggs, described it best: "The new rooms are not only spacious and commodious, but delightfully attractive as well. The frescoing is exquisite in color and the woodwork fine of finish… There is no convenience know to the modern library which is unsupplied. The aisles between the rows of book-stacks are furnished with electric lights, which may be turned on at need by switches at each entrance… The large spaces set aside for reading- rooms on either side of the great hall are finely lighted by large windows which command beautiful views of Topeka’s best buildings." The State Library was built to include the first electric lighting in the Capitol building as well as a glass floor on the second deck. The third deck was added in 1917. The State Library’s services have changed and adapted as Kansans needs have changed. In 1889, the State Library began a traveling library service to serve rural Kansans. In 1964, a system of grants was developed to assist rural libraries. The needs of individuals with low vision are met through the Kansas Talking Books service begun in the early 1970s. A service to help Kansans obtain important U.S. and Kansas census information began in 1980. The State Library continues to serve the needs of state agencies, legislators, and the general public and will continue to grow and change.' This is from the Kansas State Library website. I visited there yesterday and got Allen Gardiner's Libraries of Kansas book. Gardiner was a librarian at the State Library for many years. He wrote a total of 14 "books", spiral bound with card stock covers. I doubt that they appear in any LC listing, but they are treasures. The Kansas State Library is small for a state library and was not completed until 1900. The Capitol as a whole was completed in 1903. In the entry to the State Library there is a wonderful newspaper clipping with an illuatration of what is now the library area (depicting Wm. Jennings Bryan giving a speech)which was a public gathering spot. At the time the Topeka City library was steps away on the corner of the block and from all accounts quite nice, you have to wonder what affect this had on the State Library. Annie Diggs (yes that Annie Diggs, President of Kansas Women’s Free Silver League, President of the Kansas Press Women and Kansas Equal Suffrage Association...) was the State Librarian at the time. She refused to have wooden bookshelves--she considered them a fire hazard--and to this day the metal bookshelves that she stipulated remain and are in use. She also approved the sunflower motif on the railings. It was not the state flower at the time (that came in 1903 after her tenure).