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d> 120 YEARS AGO h From March 27, 1886 Star At the present time the city seems to be bored more than usual with mercantile peddlers and foreign printing house agents, hunting advertising, etc etc that would be worse than useless to those who patronize them; spectacle and jewelry ped- dlers, shin factory agents; and clothing drummers swarm the streets to the detriment of legiti- mate business men at home who pay the taxes; keep up the schools, the churches, support the poor; the newspapers, and contribute to the public good of the city and surrounding coun- try in hundreds of ways during the year. This county received $353.04 from the first semi-annual divi- dend of the state annual School Fund, which was apportioned to seven school district. Of this, Nescatunga district received the largest amount, $100.94. One of the partners in The Star, W.T. Lewis penned a"Long Farewell" in this week's paper, noting that he had "'disposed of my entire interest in The Star" to his panner, W.M. Cash. He ex- plained that his business in real estate and law had increased to the point he could no longer keep do~ eyerytlfingihe had been. The newspaper was 1he "'least remunerative." and lhcrc- for he got out of it to pursue his other business interests. A prairie fire from the north, burned eight or ten tons of hay for Mr. E.G. Huffman on Tues- day, also burned all the grass of several farms northeast of Reedcr. Vol. 1, No. 1 of the Nesca- tunga "Enterprise" has been re- ceived this week. The first issue is very neatly printed and it fairly sparkles with able editorial and choice local matter. Messrs. N.S. Mounts and P.O. Davis are the proprietors of the new paper, with T.E. Beck, publisher. In poli- tics, the "Enterprise" professes Republican faith. We wish the boys success financially, as they deserve for getting out a credit- able newspaper as it is in fact, the first newspaper Nescatunga . has ever shown up. Mr. W.A. Fancett and Mr. C.C. Figg, bothof Bardstown, Ky have bought out Goddard and Coleman, and propose to add dry goods and clothing to the stock of groceries in the store in Reader. These gentle- men are men of means, pleasant and agreeable, honest and in- dustrions, and will do a lively business. They will also carry a stock of agricultural implements. Last Saturday at about 1 o'clock p.m.-the alarm of fire was given on East Main, midin a few seconds there were hundreds of men with buckets of water crowding into the upper rooms of the Hungerford house where the fire started. The lower depart- ment of this buildillg is occupied by H.C. Finley as a meatmarket, and the upper story is used by the Merchants hotel for sleep- ing rooms. From the best infor- mation we could get, it seems that Mr. Finley had a rather hot fire below which heated the pipe even above the ventilator in the upper floor, and it farther ap- pears that a maRtess had by some mesnsheen thrown against the stovepipe up stairs and the mattress soon communicated the fire to other combustibles near by tilla threatening flame began to reach the roof. The fire was soon extinguished by the heroic work of our citizens, but it was a close call. Side-walks have been put down all over the city, and we now assume metropolitan airs. d:> 110 YEARS AGO From March 28, 1896 Star Next Wednesday is "All Fool's Day." The painting mania is spread- ing and if reports are true, half the town will have a nice, fresh coat of paint spread over it this spring. If the mania had broken out sooner there would -- have been no harm done. Henry Folk, the butcher, had a car-load of manufactured ice shipped in from Wichita this week, which he deposiled in his ice house. The car-load and freight cost him $108. Ice will be a luxury, this summer. The old Vicker's 2-slor.v building on the corner of Main St and Central Ave has been sold, and will be torn down and moved into the country. It is an old landmark, and was one of the first buildings erected in the city in the fall of'84. a 100 YEARS AGO % From March 30, 1906 Star Plenty of moisture. Oats are beginning to come up. The Coldwater schools will close on Friday, April 20. The graduating exercises will be held in the M.E. church on the evening of the last day. Baseball again. Frank Stout closes a five months' term of school in dis- trict No. 45, in Rumsey-tp to- day. Rev. W.T. Ward, the new M.E. pastor for Coldwater and Protec- tion, wig preach in Protection at 1 1 a.m. on next Sunday and at the M.E. church in this city at 8 p.m. Nick Pepperd succeeded in putting up an ice house full of ice during the recent cold spell. The Lenertz and Estill schools will hold a joint literary exercise on Friday of this week. d 90 YEARS AGO % From March 31, 1916 Star One day last week while E. W. Tucker was working the roads he had a very unfortunate expe- rience. He was driving a team of mules and a team of horses to a fresno, when the handle of the scraper struck a horse and both teams started to run. The driver held to the lines until the bits in the mules' mouths broke. The scraper was then pulled upon the team of horses, hamstring- ing both of them One of the hones may die and the other may be permanently crippled. Deputy Sheriff Geo. Wdliams is again improving his spare moments making, flower beds, trimming trees and otherwise beautifying things about the courthouse yard. The Bethel Sunday school, southeast of this city, continues in various ways to show the genuine Christian spirit. The school is now having a cozy little home built for Grandma Huff, who lives in that neighborhood. The term of school in the Bethel, or Duckworth, district, Miss Mabel Hargrove teacher, closed yesterday with a splen- didprogram and an ice cream supper in the evening. Miss Hargrove is one of the success- ful teachers of the county. The Coldwater school board announce that plans for next year's term of school have prac- tically been completed, as far as the employment of teachers is concerned. All but two of the required number of teachers (15) have been employed. The Avilla school will close on Friday ofnexl week. The Sali Fork school, having an 8 months" tentL will not close until April 21. Protection will begin tomor- row and for8 days give special attention to lhe matter of clean- ing up the town. The merchants will provide free "movies," also a number of lectures on various subjects. The enterprise on the part of the Protection merchants is commendable. Today, Friday is the last day of school at Reeder. A program will be given there tonight. S0 YEARS AGO % From April 2, 1926 Star On last Saturday night a gentle rain set in, and during the night snow began to fall, and, for three days there was scarcely a let-up, the snow being accom- panied by a strong wind from the northeast. The snow drifted badly, in many places the drifts reaching a depth of from three to five feet. Only in wheat fields were there was considerable trash on the ground, did much snow remain on the ground where it fell. The roads in all di- r ons were so badly blocked with snowdrifts that travel in any manner has since been grefftly hindered. The western end of the Englewood branch had no mail on Tuesday, owimg to the inabil- ity of the passenger train to get farther than Belvidere. A snow )low and two engines cleared the track on Wednesday afternoon. Wdford Betzer advertises this week new Chevrolets cars as low as $510, and the half-ton truck (chassis only) for just 395. The Coldwater Coyotes mo- tored to Waynoka, Okla the lat- ter part of last week and entered the basket bali tournament there. They were defeated in the sec- ond round by the Alva "Tiger Bills" the score being 35 to 29. It is reported that, in the sourtheastern part of this county, the snow storm the first of this week was particularly se- vere on livestock. In some places the snow drifted to a depth of ten to 12 feel it is said. Some enormous icicles were formed at the eaves of a few roofs in town on Tuesday and Wednesday. Did you see the avalanche of snow and ice which overhung the eaves of the Coldwater National Bank Build- ing at the war ofthe postoffice? d 70 YEARS AGO % From April 3, 1936 Star Thursday, April 9, is to be the "big" day for seed growers and buyers in Comanche and adjoin- ing counties. A county-wide seed show will be held in Coldwater that day. Harold Murphy has been employed as permanent Coun .ty Agent for Comanche Coun .ty. The Coldwater and Protection ciD' basket ball teams will play in the C.H.S. auditorium on next Tuesday evening. April 7. for the benefit of Herman Se)Trit. Coldwaler high school alhlete. who is still in S1. Anthony's hos- pilal in Dodge Cily. suffering from a serious bone which will take many months to effect a cure. All of the girls in Fredal Butcher's Girl Scout patrol, the Pleiades, met at her home Tues- day evening, March 24, for a taffy pull. Each gift brought a small pan of the ingredients. " While waiting for the taffy cool, music and games were played. a 50 YEARS AGO % From March 30, 1956 Star One of the major business changes in Coldwater in the last decade is the purchase by Vic- tor P. Burton of J.W. Brewer's drug business add fixtures, Mr Burton taking over the manage- ment of the store Monday of this week. (The article goes" on to chronicle the establishment and successive selling amt reselling of several drug stores in (continued on page 7) COLDWATER Antioch CommunityChurch Home 582-2045 Sunday School 10 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m. Weekly Home Bible Studies Assembly of God Mike Biatdfley, Pastor. 582-2463 Home 582-2128 Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Sunday Worship. 10:15 a.m. Sun Eve Worship 6 p.m. Wedne~:lay Worship 6 p.m. Southern Baptist Church Ken Pttzer, Pastor 582-2404 Sunday School 10 ELm. Sunday Worship 11 a,m. Sun Eve Worship 7 p.m. First Christian Church Chat Mendert~l, Pastor 582-2312 Churd Office 582-2440. Sunday School 9:30 a.m, Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Sun Youtn Groq~ ' 6 p.m. Wed Bible Study 7 p.m. United Methodist Church Sue Talbot, Pastor 582-2132 Home 582-21.76 Sunday School 9:45 a,m. Fellowship Time 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 11 &m. Sunday Evening Senior High Youlh Group 1st, 3rd, & 51h Suhday 4:30 p.m. Junior High Youth Group Mnt p.m. Sunday Bible Study 6 p.m. Wednesday Kings' Kids Fades 3, 4, & 5 5 p.m. Prayer and Medtation Service 1st Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Choir Practice7:30 p.m. 1st Sat. Men's Study Bkfst. 7 a.m. Holy Spirit Catholic Church Fr Maurice Curnming~ Church 528-2154 Saturday E~ming Mass 5 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Sunday Wo~hip 11 a.m. Sa'x~y Sdloot .9:45 a.m. -PROTECTION Christian Church Anckew Evans, Patio 622-4141 Church 622-4259 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:30 a.m. Wed. Mgld Youlh Group 7 p.m. Wed. prayer lime 9 p.m. Rrst Baptist Church Mark Slattery, Pastor 622-4430 Church 622-4386 Sunday Sdmol 9:46 a.m. Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Wed. Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Mennonite church Dd Regier, Pastor 622-4499 Church 622-4342 Sunday Scho~ 9:45 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:45 a.m. Wed. Adult &You~ ,Smvk~ 7 p.m. United Methodist Church Dennis Carter, Pastor 622-4513 Home 622-4244 Sunday ~ 10 a.m. Sunday Won~p 10:50 a.m. WILMORE Wilmors Federated Church Sue Talbol, Paslor 582-2132 Home 582-2176 Swxlay Worship 9:30 &m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Worship at the Church of Your Choice