The Good Old Days in Harvey County, Kansas

Those wonderful “Good Old Days” in Harvey County!

What were they really like? 

Junior Hess’s Head

It's a good thing Junior Hess is a head strong young man, or he'd have a permanent part in his hair now.  Junior went swimming at Yentruoc (Courtney Davis' place near Newton) Sunday, and hit a chain while diving.  What he wants to know is, "Was that dip necessary?" ...

~ Clyde Redgate

Body Is Found Of Boy Shot While Hunting.  After twelve hours search the body of Clyde Redgate, 19, was found late yesterday in a grove northwest of the city, a shot gun wound in the chest.  With his father and an uncle the boy went crow hunting Saturday night. When he...

Dancing Causes Death

Dancing Causes A Girl’s Death.  Physician Declares That Charleston Is Dangerous For Young Women.  Seneca, KS – The recent death of Evelyn Myers, 17, was “due to dancing the Charleston,” her physician, Dr. W. R. Boyer of Pawnee City, Nebr., said in a statement made...

Deserted His Child

Deserted His Child.  George Hamilton is a prisoner at the Harvey county jail here because he refused or failed to support a daughter by a former marriage.  Hamilton and his wife were divorced years ago.  It is understood that both have remarried since.  The girl,...

Burrton Produce Company

Considerable damage resulted from a fire that broke out at the Burrton Produce Co. building at Burrton.  The flames were thought to have had their origin from a defective flue.  The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas.  February 24, 1923.  Page...

~ Eddie E. Bargreen

The body of Eddie E. Bargreen, who was electrocuted, while working on electric wires a short distance west of Newton, Friday morning (February 3, 1922), was sent to Carbondale this morning at the request of the mother, who resides at that place. It is thought that the...

Old Fiddlers’ Contest

An old fiddlers' contest was held at Burrton last night under the auspices of the Commercial Club.  The only condition was that the contestants must not use music.  Cash prizes were given.  The Jeffersonian Gazette, Lawrence Kansas.  March 22, 1916.  Page...

Word To The Wise Is Sufficient

Word To The Wise Is Sufficient.  For two successive Sunday evenings the services of the Methodist Church have been disturbed by persons outside the Church who have been noisy and inconsiderate of those worshipping inside.  On one occasion several bricks were thrown in...

Drug Prices Are Still Going Higher

In Some Instances Most Commonly Used Drug "Out of Sight".  If you purchased a pound of carbolic acid a little over a year ago for twenty cents and the druggist asked you to pay $2.00 for a pound you bought today, would you not do some rapid calculating and wonder just...

Motor Car Craze

Motor Car Craze Is Determined.  Kansans are buying too many motor cars according to a statement made today by W.F. Benson, State Bank Commissioner in Topeka.  He asserted that the farmers could add to the wealth of the State by purchasing more manure spreaders and few...

Thumb Sucking Is Discouraged

Thumb Sucking Is Discouraged.  Where a baby sucks its thumb, it may irreparably injure its speaking and singing voice in after years, Dr. Newton C. Thomas of Northwestern University of Chicago, told delegates attending the National Council of Teachers of America which...

Chicken Thieves

Chicken Thieves.  Some unregenerate cuss entered the henhouse of E.C. Cadwell Sunday night and appropriated 14 fine fat hens.  The authorities are making a strenuous effort to apprehend the thief.  The Burrton Tribune, Burrton Kansas.  April 23, 1914.  Page...

He Loved An Indian Maid

He Loved An Indian Maid.  So This Santa Fe Porter Deserted Wife at Newton.  George Guest, employed as a porter by the Santa Fe at Newton, and who formerly resided in Hutchinson, is now in the Harvey county jail.  And so is Elsie Daniels, an Indian maid, petite and...

~ Eva Erb

Burns Fatal To Girl.  Eva, the ten-year-old daughter of T.M. Erb, died from the effects of burns received in a gasoline explosion, which occurred at her home north of Newton.  The father is in a critical condition from burns received in an effort to save his...

Not On The Program

Not On The Program.  One rather amusing incident occurred on the day of the A.H.T.A. picnic which was not down on the program.  A couple of strangers approached a group of thirsty looking youths and offered to exchange so much fire-water for so many pieces of silver. ...

Bad Singing Pays

Bad singing will earn as much as good singing.  The blind singers who are in town today are so bad that they are paid liberally to move on.  The Evening Kansan-Republican, Newton Kansas.  Monday, August 8, 1904.  Page 1.

Chivaree Fail

A large number of boys prepared to "chivaree" the Hoagland Killam wedding last night but arrived a half hour too soon and commenced operation before the ceremony was performed.  They returned to complete the job and were met by the night police and sent home.  The...

Waiting To Get Married

A young man near Burrton took the notion the other day that he would get married and went to the Post Office to get his license.  On being told that he would have to go to Newton to get it, he got mad and said he would come around when the new postmaster was...

Corn In His Nose

A three year old son of Mrs. Johnston, living near Annely, was brought to the city this morning for treatment.  The other day while feeding corn to the chickens, he had a few grains left, and thinking to fool the chickens - "Now you see me, now you don't" - stuck them...

The Sun Outdone

The Sun Outdone The Electric Light Plant A Grand Success.  The Vigorous City of Burrton Illuminated as Well as Any City in the West.  Light Displays Miles of Streets and Fine Business Blocks.   Burrton, Kansas, March 9 - Burrton is the most brilliant city of 1,000...

L.V. Carpenter

Accidentally Shot.  L.V. Carpenter, an employee in the carriage factory, was accidentally shot with a revolver last evening by L.A. Sutfin at the residence of C.W. Smithpeter on West South Second street.  Mr. S. was engaged in removing the cartridges from the chamber...

Grass Fire Nears Burrton

Near Burrton, Harvey County, a few days ago, a fire got away from parties who were burning guards, and took everything before it, burning houses, barns, hay, and in fact everything, and carried by the gale of wind that was blowing at the time, made rapid progress...

Public Bathing Warning

Sheriff Wafer authorizes us to call the attention of persons who frequent the swimming and bathing places in Sand creek near this city, that the public exposition of persons in their nakedness during the day time and upon the public highways, as for instance at the...

The School & Church

We understand that in a certain school district in this county, the directors have closed the school house against religious services being held there.  In a new country like this and where the people are opening new farms, and many of them with very limited means,...

Got A Black Eye

Last week a young man from the country, after taking an over dose of corn juice, attempted to embrace a colored lady, whose husband came up at that moment, and he "took in" the situation at a glance - as well as the young man.  The gushing youth was soon sober enough...

Rattlesnakes In Walton

Look out for rattlesnakes!  A farmer 2-1/2 miles east of Walton says he has killed over 20 this spring - killed four in plowing half a mile.  The Newton Kansan, Newton, Kansas.  Thursday, April 18, 1878.  Page 2.

A Proper Discipline

The scoundrel who marked in large letters with red paint, on the doors of the Congregational Church, "For Sale or Rent," ought to be introduced to the tar barrel and feather bag, and then invited to leave the county in one hour.  The County Attorney in his efforts to...

~ Daniel Daugherty

Shot And Killed.  Last Tuesday evening about 8 o'clock, a man named Daniel Daugherty, aged about 24 years, shot and killed himself just south of the railroad round house in this city, and west of what is known as the two water tank tubs.  As to the apparent intent of...

A Terrible Tale of Suffering

A Terrible Tale of Suffering.  A German living on Sand Creek, six miles above the mouth, started with his two little boys, fourteen and twelve years old, for the Chikaskia, after a load of wood.  Traveling in an unsettled country, he lost his way.  They started on...

When A Man Is Missing

In the good old times, when a man was mysteriously missing, the first thing done was to drag the mill ponds and creeks to ascertain whether he had been accidently drowned; but now they examine his accounts to see whether he has stolen anything.  The Newton Kansan,...

Newton Philosopical Society

The spiritualists of Newton, believing that investigation is the royal road to the citadel of truth, have organized a Religious Philosophical Society for the purpose of developing Mediums, and investigating psychic phenomena.  The Harvey County News, Newton Kansas. ...

Baseball Collision

J.E. Ruth and George W. Sweesy are members of the Halstead base ball club.  While both were running to catch a ball, their intelligent heads collided.  Ruth had one eye blacked and cheek bruised rather severely, while Sweesy had his nose broken and smashed very badly,...

Opening A Bank

Be industrious and frugal young man, and a bright future will await you. Many a poor young man with only a little crowbar and a good deal of skill has opened a bank. The Newton Kansan, Newton, Kansas. August 29, 1872. Page 3.

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