[SOME OF THE REAL ESTATE SALES OF BUNNELL INVESTMENT CO. REPORTED BY DICK DAY OF THAT COMPANY...GLADSTONE HOTEL.]
Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 22, 1922.
Dick Day of the Bunnell Investment Co., Arkansas City, reported the following.
Sale of the Gladstone hotel, known as the North Windsor Hotel, owner C. H. St. Clair, to E. C. Mierau, of the Hill Investment company, as an investment.
Sold E. C. Mierau's farm west of Arkansas City, near Geuda Springs, Kansas, to C. H. St. Clair, as an investment.
[POLICE NAB VIRGIL SNODGRASS: HAS DRUGS.]
Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, April 22, 1922.
Chief Dailey and Policeman White nabbed a walking dope supply house yesterday.
Virgil Snodgrass was picked up and examination of his clothes revealed that he carried five small bottles of drugs tied to his body. Each bottle contained a different kind of dope to drive away dull care and worry.
He also had the needle `neverything. The police report he also carried concealed weapons.
The police said he was well known at the station, having been in Arkansas City off and on for a number of years. He was arrested at the Santa Fe depot and his case will be heard by Police Judge Brown this evening.
[REMODELING APARTMENTS OVER OLIVER & CALKINS GROCERY STORE.]
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1922
George W. Jones and family have leased the apartments over the Oliver & Calkins grocery store at 115 North Summit street, and will occupy this place as a home with apartments or rooms to let. The owner, Mrs. J. P. Johnson, is having the place remodeled, putting in complete bathroom equipments, which work is being done by Robt. P. Clark. The apartments will be newly painted and redecorated, and will make very handsome quarters when the work is completed.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1922
Charles Williams has bought the fixtures of the Rorick-Bennett tailoring shop at 208 South Summit street and will operate a tailoring business in the same location. The deal was made today and Mr. Williams expects to be open for business within the next week. He has leased the entire store building at this location.
[OLD TIMER, GEO. W. CUNNINGHAM OF KANSAS CITY, VISITS A.C.]
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1922
Geo. W. Cunningham, of Kansas City, was in the city today visiting with his old time friends. When the editor of the Traveler came to Arkansas City, Mr. Cunningham was a businessman here and was engaged in the implement business in the Zadie block.
During his residence in this city, he was elected mayor a couple of times and he made one of the best mayors Arkansas City has ever had. He is a thorough and a first-class businessman, and he gave Arkansas City that kind of administration.
After leaving here, he located in Kansas City, made all the money he desired to, then sold out and is now taking life easy and enjoying every moment. He is on his way to Minnesota to spend the summer. He is driving overland. He came from Kansas City to Arkansas City, and from here he will go to Los Angeles, San Francisco, up along the coast through Oregon and Washington, then to Minnesota through the northwestern states. It will be a fine trip and it will just take about the summer to make it. While in this city, his friends staged a few games of golf.
[SUIT BY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AGAINST BEN DAY, FORMER SHERIFF.]
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1922
The county commissioners of Cowley County have started suit against Ben Day, formerly sheriff, for failure to make returns on three warrants. The suit alleges that Mr. Day, during his second term, failed to make returns on three tax forms given him by the county treasurer. The warrants totaled the sum of $334.44.
The commissioners have also started suit against the bonding company that furnished the bond for the sheriff in the sum of $10,000. The claim is made that the warrant book containing the three warrants was misplaced and lost. When the returns were made, these warrants were not included, but were later found.
[TAYLOR PETITE, OLD TIME RESIDENT OF SUMNER COUNTY, VISITS A.C.]
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1922
Taylor Petite, one of the old-time residents of Sumner county, but now living east of Ponca City, Okla., was in the city yesterday visiting the firm of Hoffman & Ward, the feed mill men. This was a social visit and it was enjoyed talking over old times. Mr. Petite said that when he first came to Sumner County, Geuda Springs was called "Salt City." Mr. Hoffman, who is also an old-time settler, said he saw salt produced at "Salt City" in 1879. The water was put in salt vats and when it evaporated, the salt was taken out. Mr. Petite remarked that "they had to kill a man to start a graveyard at what is now Geuda Springs." The man who did the killing was named Burkey, and he shot a man while in the act of trying to steal one of his mules. "The victim of this shot was the first man to be buried in Geuda Springs." Mr. Hoffman stated.
[EDITORIAL RE 33 YEARS AGO...OKLAHOMA OPENED TO SETTLEMENT.]
SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 1922
Thirty-three years ago today old Oklahoma was opened to settlement and Arkansas City was a shade bigger town in the early hours of that day then than it is at this time, due to the fact that so many people came here to make the drive into Oklahoma to secure homes.
The editor of the Traveler was here and well remembers the event, for it was an event in the history of this section. Old Oklahoma opened April 22, 1889, and for thirty days or more prior, people gathered here and on the southern border to be ready to enter the new country on the day of the opening. Some went by wagon and many on the trains.
Arkansas City in those days was recognized as the biggest border town; consequently, it drew the biggest crowd for the opening. The reason Arkansas City was larger on April 22, 1889, was because of the fact that many visitors assembled here to go into the new country to get their homes.
Time has worked a wonderful change since that great event. Arkansas City has gone from a one story town to a two, three, four, and five story town. Its business section has doubled and trebled, possibly quadrupled since then. The streets have been paved and a large number of splendid industries have been added to our credit. The Santa Fe has quadrupled its shops and several lines of railroad have been built to our city since then. Numerous other improvements have been made. In those days the Traveler was printed from hand composition.
They say time accomplishes all things, and recalling the days of the opening of Oklahoma and the strip, the proverb is fully demonstrated. We wonder now what a change there will be thirty-three years hence. We predict that Arkansas City will have made wonderful strides and possibly will be the largest city in southern Kansas by that time. We have got a start, we have taken on our second breath, and we are going good. Let's go.
[NEW MAYOR HITS SNAG RE CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS.]
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1922 - FRONT PAGE
Mayor George McIntosh met with the opposition of Commissioners Thompson and Sturtz at the meeting of the city commissioners this morning, with the result that most of his unconfirmed appointments were turned down.
The officers whose appointments were confirmed at this meeting were: L. C. Brown, city attorney; M. N. Sinnott, city clerk; John Simpson, custodian of city building; Mrs. Ida White, waterworks collector; C. M. McIntire, sanitary officer; C. N. Lusk, city engineer; Howard L. Wickliffe, superintendent of waterworks; H. McGuire, foreman of waterworks; Sam Morning, chief stationary engineer waterworks; Earl W. Ginrich and Frank Mayse, assistant engineers; Fred Long, plumbing inspector; Charley Post, street commissioner.
Appointments not confirmed: E. G. Marshall, city clerk;
O. S. Gibson, police judge; Ben Cross, Sanitary officer.
Commissioner F. L. Thompson offered the following schedule of salaries.
C. M. McIntire, sanitary officer, $1,320, $110 per month, same as formerly.
Chas. W. Lusk, city engineer, former salary $4,200, now $3,800, $316.66 per month, saving $400.00.
The city engineer to select his own assistant at $1,800, $150.00 per month, doing away with one engineer at a saving of $2,520.
Howard Wickliffe, superintendent of water works, $2,400, $200 per month. Formerly this office has paid $2,700 yearly, living quarters, heat, light and free water, which is a saving of $900.
H. McGuire, foreman water works, $1,920, or $160 per month.
Sam Morning, chief stationary engineer, $1,920, or $160 per month.
Earl Gingrich, assistant engineer, $1,560, or $130 per month.
Frank Mayse, assistant engineer, $1,560, or $130 per month.
Fred Lawhon, plumbing inspector, $1,800, or $150 per month. This office formerly paid $2,100, and this represents a saving of $300.
John Post, street commissioner, $1,740, or $145 per month.
John Simpson, custodian city building, $1,320, or $110 per month, saving $120.
The salaries provided in the new schedule total $21,140.00, with a total saving of $4,240. This is in the street commissioner's department, and the saving effected here by Mr. Thompson, in connection with the reduction in the salaries of other city offices, will total something over $8,000 per year, it was brought out at this meeting.
At this point the ordinance providing for the salaries as shown in the above schedule was adopted, and bills with proper o.k. were allowed.
Then came the matter of confirming appointments for the various offices to be filled, and here is where the fireworks started. Mayor McIntosh's appointment of L. C. Brown for city attorney was confirmed. His appointment of E. G. Marshall for city clerk was rejected, and Commissioner L. A. Sturtz moved to substitute the name of M. N. Sinnott.
The mayor here made a short talk, saying it had been rumored and talked around that the labor candidates were not competent to run the offices, and it seemed that it was the intention not to give them a chance. The right of the mayor to appoint the city clerk was questioned. Commissioner Sturtz stated that he had been allowed that right then, and he was desirous of keeping Mr. Sinnott on the job as long as he was commissioner.
The mayor had stated that he thought Mr. Sinnott ought to resign, Mr. Sinnott retorting that his term had expired and it was not necessary to resign. The discussion continued back and forth, the mayor taking occasion to deny the charge that he was playing politics, but he thought he ought to be given a chance by being allowed to name his own men for his department.
Mrs. J. E. Drennen from the audience asked if she would be allowed to speak. The mayor said it was a public meeting, that it was the people's business being considered, and allowed her to speak. She declared that the election plainly showed that the people wanted a change, and she objected to the mayor's appointments being held up by the two commissioners. Others in the audience then spoke. G. Luther Brown told how residents in his neighborhood had remonstrated against paving; but had remained quiet until the election in order to have a voice in the future administration, and thought that Mr. Sinnott should have stepped gracefully out.
Joe Southard said that "to the victor belongs the spoils," and the majority must rule. He said that while Sinnott was a veteran like himself, only somewhat older, he should be satisfied now with his pension and step down and out.
Mr. Sinnott then called attention to the fact that Mr. Thompson was elected, whereupon G. Luther Brown again took the floor and stated that the responsibility of the administration would fall upon the shoulders of the mayor and that it was the intent of the law that the mayor should have the appointing power in the offices coming directly under his jurisdiction. He said that he would hold up the meeting and not allow a motion to be passed until this matter had been threshed out. He charged that the city had been loaded down with debt until the people could not now have an auditorium nor put in a municipal lighting system. He said the two commissioners were refusing to give the people what they had asked for and what they had voted for.
William Walker thought the situation appalling, that the conflicting elements were not for the best interests of the city, that the mayor's hands were being tied, and that it was a shame to plunge the city into battle over the affairs. He said it was the taxpayers' duty to see that the mayor's hands are not tied and that the administration is for the good of the city.
T. P. Alford charged that different properties had been over assessed and named one or two instances in detail. The city engineer arose and said this was news to him, that he desired to take the matter up with the speaker personally.
An effort was made to resume business, but the discussion broke out again. When the mayor's appointment of Ben Cross for sanitary inspector was rejected, John Beinfang arose and charged that there was something wrong. He said he could not understand why all of the mayor's appointments should be turned down, and thought that there must "be a nigger in the woodpile."
Commissioner F. L. Thompson then spoke to some length and said that he wanted to keep efficiency in the sanitary, dairy, and city engineer's departments when they already had it. He said that they wanted to build the mayor up and not tear him down, that he personally did not really want the office of commissioner but only consented to be a candidate after urgent solicitations by his friends, that he found that it was now requiring his whole time, while the pay was small. He said he never was more interested in Arkansas City than he is now. He pointed out that his record of the past two years spoke for itself, that the people knew him, and that he only had the best interests of the city at heart.
The mayor stated that he thought the commissioners and himself would yet be enabled to work together in harmony for the good of the city, and seemed personally inclined to take a conciliatory attitude.
Again resuming business, a vote was taken on the nomination of Mr. Downing for dairy inspector. This was by mutual consent laid over until the next meeting pending the receiving of their tests by the various men suggested for the office.
The city engineer submitted plans for the bridge to be built across the canal on F street, which plan was accepted. The commissioners then adjourned.
[JIM WARREN OF SILVERDALE WINS $13,087 SUIT.]
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1922 - FRONT PAGE
Jim Warren of Silverdale won a $13,087 judgement against the Interstate Cattle Loan Co., Kansas City, in district court at Winfield, Saturday afternoon.
Ward Wright, local attorney, presented the case for Mr. Warren. Warren sued for just that amount, alleging that the loan company had tried to replevin cattle pastured by him without settling the account for the pasturage. Statutes of Oklahoma and Kansas were involved as the cattle were fed in both states.
Two similar cases will be heard in federal court at Wichita in May. Texas and Kansas City mortgage firms are sued by Warren for pay for pasturage. Mr. Wright will also handle these cases for Mr. Warren.
[EVERETT SNODGRASS KILLED BY POLICEMAN KETCH.]
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1922 - FRONT PAGE
Everett Snodgrass, overseas man, 23, 506 North Tenth street, was laid low with a bullet through his side late Saturday night, fired by Policeman Frank Ketch. The policeman used a 32-20 pistol. The shooting occurred in the yard at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Adams, 222 North Eighth street, where the police were making a raid, about 11:30 o'clock. Snodgrass was removed to the Arkansas City hospital, where the utmost surgical skill was employed to save his life. The ball entered on the right side below the ribs and tore a hole through his liver, emerging from the other side. Fifteen stitches were taken in his liver.
"He shot me down like a dog." Snodgrass told his brother, Ernest Snodgrass, of Kaw City, at the hospital yesterday. "I had no warning until the slug of shot struck me."
"I fired because Snodgrass, whom I didn't know at the time, made a play for his hip pocket," Policeman Ketch declared, "when I commanded him to stick up his hands and be searched for
Writhing in pain and with a gaping wound the size of a walnut in his side, Snodgrass lay upon his cot at the hospital yesterday afternoon, surrrounded by wet eyed relatives and friends. "Well, folks, this is something that we all have to do," he said, "and why not now?" Looking over the persons in the room, he asked: "Where is mother?" "Here I am, son." said the aged mother, as she walked over to his side and picked up his hand. Disengaging his hand, he slowly removed a ring, fashioned from a French franc piece overseas, and handing it to his mother, said: "Here, mother, is a keepsake for you. It is not valuable but perhaps it may be a symbol of my love for you to remember me by." Tears sprang into the eyes of the mother, who took the ring tenderly and with her face kindled in love, she stooped and kissed her son. "I wouldn't take a million dollars for it." she said. "I am ready to go now." Everett signed. Sobs shook his mother, but his brother, Ernest, whose weathered beaten face and breadth of shoulders made a picture of strength, stooped and whispered in his dying brother's ear. "Don't go, Everett. You've got a strong constitution and lots of men in as bad shape as you are have won the battle for life." But Everett had lapsed into semiconsciousness and did not hear the pleading voice of his brother. "He was the jolliest boy I had," moaned the mother. "Last night he was playing with me in the best of spirits and told me he would be home early." she continued. "You must come home early tonight, Everett," I told him, "because you have to get up early and go get the cow." "Oh pshaw, mother," he said, "the old cow can wait until 9 o'clock anyway cause I like to sleep late Sunday morning." Everett protested.
"He was one of my main supports. His employer always made his check out to me every payday. He was the life of the home. I shall miss him so." And she breathed a prayer: "Please, God, spare my boy." "I heard the shot that struck my boy down," cried the mother, who lives only two blocks from the scene of the tragedy, "but I never dreamed my boy was in danger."
Everett attended a picture show Saturday night with Billy Osborne, 416 North Tenth street. When they came out they met a friend of Snodgrass, whom Billy says he didn't know. "He asked Everett where we could get some whisky, and Everett said he didn't know but thought maybe I could get some." said Osborne. "I went to Tom Adams' house looking for Ed McEachern. When I found he was not there, I told Tom to tell Snodgrass if he followed me that I had gone home."
As Snodgrass lay upon the operating table at the hospital, he corroborated Osborne's story to his employer, Myron Bell, manager of the retail grocery delivery system, Dr. R. Claude Young, attending surgeon, and Tom Henry, manager of the Peerless Candy company on South Summit street.
"Were you drinking, Everett?" Bell asked. "No," declared Snodgrass. "I had no whisky in me or on me." The surgeon said the wounded man had not been drinking.
Everett stated: "I went to the Adams' home with Clarence Birdzell to find Osborne. When I got there, Adams told me Osborne had left word for me that he had gone home. I saw Policeman White inside the house and Chief Dailey on the back porch. I left the house and walked around to the front yard where I was shot down. I don't know why he shot me. I was not warned."
Birdzell, who operates a grocery store at 1000 South D street, said: "I met Snodgrass and Osborne on the street car. One of them suggested that he knew where we could get something to drink. I was asked if I would go in on it, and replied that I would. We got off the car at Fourth street, and Osborne went to the Adams home. We waited awhile and when he didn't return, Snodgrass and I went to the Adams house. I saw Chief Dailey on the back porch and chatted with him while Snodgrass went inside. I knew what was up and left the place. When I reached the alley, I heard a shot fired, but kept on going and arrived at home about 12 o'clock."
Policeman Ketch said that he and Chief Dailey, Policeman White, and Motorcycle Officer Chadwell were called to 222 North Eighth street by complaints having been filed at the police station charging that it was a booze joint.
Ketch said: "We reached the house about 10:45 p.m. Saturday night. I was stationed in front of the house with instructions from the chief not to let anyone enter or come out. Chadwell was assigned to the back of the house. When Dailey and White got ready to go in, it was discovered that White had left the search and seizure warrant in a pocket of his coat at home. Chadwell was dispatched for the warrant. Meanwhile, Adams came outside and engaged in conversation with White. Both of them went into the house. I remained at my post. Presently I heard Chadwell returning with the warrant. In just a few seconds a man appeared from around the side of the house. I commanded him to halt, and asked what he was doing there. He said he came to the house to look for a friend. I asked him who. He told me, but I forget his name. I asked him if he had anything on him and he said no. I asked him to stick up his hands and let me search him. During this conversation he had been backing away from me, and at that moment he reached for his hip pocket. I fired at him, thinking he was going for a gun. I did not know who he was and thought that he might be some desperate character trying to make an escape. The other policemen, so far as I knew, were inside the house and I didn't know what was taking place in there. After I shot the man, he pulled two bottles from his hip pockets and smashed them on the cement retaining wall. Later, the chief, White, Chadwell, and I stuck our hands in the grass where the contents of the bottle had been spilled and smelled it. We all agreed it was corn whisky. We picked up the broken bottles and took the pieces to the station."
The other officers corroborated this statement by Ketch.
Adams said: "When the shot was fired, I was reading the search and seizure warrant. All of us ran to the front of the house. Adams said that Chief Dailey shouted: "For God's sake, you haven't shot that boy, have you?" Then Adams said that Snodgrass declared: "Hell, yes, he has shot me through the stomach. Get a doctor quick, I won't last long this way."
The youth was carried into the house at the suggestion of Adams and a physician called. Adams said, "The bullet did not knock him down. He was standing up when we reached the scene of the shooting, but he sat down on the porch, and then laid down. We carried him into the house and phoned for a physician. While I was fanning him, Snodgrass said `It's hell, ain't it?' This was all he said in my hearing."
Mrs. Adams said Ketch walked into the house and handed his gun to Chief Dailey. Chief Dailey told her: "I have instructed my men not to shoot except when absolutely necessary to protect their lives or the lives of others."
The house was searched before the police left, but no hooch was found, Chief Dailey said yesterday, and no arrests were made.
Chief Dailey declared that he never saw Snodgrass leave the house. White and Chadwell also said they had not seen him leave. Adams claimed that he and Snodgrass chatted with Dailey before Snodgrass walked around the house.
Ketch says Snodgrass was from 10 to 15 feet from him when he fired. Examination of the coat worn by Snodgrass at the time of the shooting showed a powder burn about three or four inches in circumference where the ball entered. His coat and shirt were soaked with blood.
Ketch went to the hospital with Snodgrass and stood beside the operating table while the surgeon worked on him. Tom Henry asked the officer: "Do you think you did the right thing to shoot this boy under these circumstances, Mr. Policeman? Ketch replied, "I am no longer a policeman."
At the police station yesterday Chief Dailey said Ketch had not resigned and had not been suspended or removed from the force. The chief said, "I did not see the shot fired and am not prepared at this time to make any further comment."
Mayor McIntosh said: "I have instructed the police to enforce the law, but to use judgement and discretion, and not to endanger any lives unnecessarily. I shall stand back of them when they are in the right, and I am not passing snap judgment on this case until I have heard the full details and have the opportunity to arrive at a sound conclusion."
Snodgrass served eleven months with the A. E. F. He was with the ambulance corps until the last five months where he served with the 80th infantry. He never discussed his war experiences, his brother, Ernest, said.
He has been employed for the last three years off and on by the retail delivery system.
At his bedside yesterday and today, when he was dying, were his mother, Mrs. Marguerite Snodgrass; sister, Mrs. Ed Hughes of northeast of Arkansas City; a sister. Odessa; and brother, Ernest Snodgrass, of Kaw City. He has a half-brother, Henry Allen, of Summerville, Mo., who was notified of the shooting.
Another brother, Virgil Snodgrass, is in the city jail charged with possession of drugs. Chief Dailey said he offered to let him go to the hospital to see his brother, under guard, but Virgil did not accept the invitation on account of being seriously ill.
Virgil Snodgrass was taken to the hospital from the city jail to see his brother today, under guard.
NOTE: HOWARD HAD AN EDITORIAL ABOUT THIS SHOOTING AND ANOTHER ONE IN THE MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1922, EDITION.
It looks very much like John Barleycorn had claimed another victim, as a result of the liquor raid Saturday night. The shootinf of Everett Snodgrass by Policeman Ketch is a very unfortunate affair to say the least.
It looks as though possibly the new police force might be inclined to be too hasty in the use of guns.
Only a few nights since, another policeman took several shots at a prisoner who made his getaway at the doors of the city jail. On this occasion there were four shots fired towards the prisoner, who fled towards the north. A gentleman who lives in the three hundred block on North First street claims that most of the bullets entered the roof of his home. He was sitting at an upstairs window, and this wild shooting might have caused the death of an innocent person.
The Traveler is not in favor of so much promiscuous shooting for the reason innocent people are liable to be filled. The policeman who shot at the escaping prisoner might have killed someone on Chestnut avenue if he had been passing at the time the shooting occurred.
By taking this position the Traveler does not mean that the police should stand up and fight to see which is the best man, in making arrests, but we do believe they should exercise caution and good judgment in the use of firearms. In nearly all cases the use of the club is much preferrable than the use of firearms.
The Traveler is anxious to have the town cleaned of vice as quickly and as fully as possible, but we are not in favor of using firearms in doing it, unless it is absolutely necessary to do so to protect the officer's own life.
The Traveler gives a report of the shooting that occurred Saturday night and gives it as unbiased as is possible to do so. Possibly the only way a more correct report could be obtained would be through official investigation, but up to this time so far as we have been able to learn, nothing of this kind has been started. It looks to us like the correct plan would be for the policeman doing the shooting Saturday night should stand suspended until investigation is made and if he is not blameworthy let him be reinstated. It is just possible that evidence at the investigation would clear Policeman Ketch; and for that reason we believe it should be had. But above all things we hope the officers in the future will avoid the hasty use of firearms unless it is absolutely necessary to use them in self defense.
[REPAIR JOB ON CANAL IS WASHED OUT.]
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1922
The Kansas Gas & Electric Company is having some hard luck with their canal at this place. The recent flood washed out an embankment a short distance from the headgates, and to repair this and some other lesser damages, it was estimated by the local manager, C. B. Tingley, that it would cost $5,000.
A force of about sixty men and a number of teams was put on the job at the point where the biggest washout occurred, but before they got it completed, the water broke through and caused a new damage that will represent an additional loss, estimated at $1,000.
H. S. Sladen, general manager of the Kansas Gas & Electric Company, was called from New York, and he brought an engineer with him for the purpose of solving the problem of how to repair the damage and provide a method or means that will prevent the recurrence of similar damage in the future.
The present difficulty in rebuilding the embankment lies in the fact that the gate provided to let the water run out from above the dam is not sufficiently large and will not carry off the water as fast as it comes in. With the present volume of water in the river, it was found impossible to drain the canal by this method.
The difficulty of reconstructing the embankment is added to by the reason of the fact that when the water broke through at this point, it washed out a space about 75 feet wide that is lower than the bed of the canal.
However, the men are again at work on this embankment, and it is hoped that this time they will be enabled to control the water. From this point to the lower gates, the canal is dry; and advantage has been taken of this circumstance to put the canal in good condition its full length. It is being cleaned and the banks straightened.
Just what the engineer's verdict will be with reference to providing means for letting out the volume of water above the dam when there is a large volume of water in the river, has not yet been determined.
[ISIS THEATRE RADIOPHONE DELAYED.]
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1922
Owing to weather conditions, the radiophone which is being installed at the Isis theatre probably will not be ready for public demonstration by Wednesday as expected. The radiophone itself is completely installed, but owing to electrical interference, or static, caused by the weather, the results obtained have been unsatisfactory. This interference is common in all radio work at this time of the year, and the most expensive machines on the market are troubled in the same way as the smaller ones. It has also been found that a special magnavox has to be used for radio work, and the procuring of this instrument will take about three days. Mr. Fulton states that a definite announcement regarding the first public demonstration will be made in the next few days.
[ROY BELL PURCHASES SANITARY BAKERY, 115 WEST FIFTH AVENUE.]
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1922
Roy Bell purchased the Sanitary bakery at 115 West Fifth Avenue today from the receivers of the Traders State bank.
J. N. Day has been running the bakery for the past several months. He will now devote his time to his oil holdings.
Mr. Bell is an Arkansas City young man, having been reared here and was a member of the graduating class of 1920. He is a progressive young businessman and has been employed at the bakery driving the delivery wagon since Mr. Day has been in charge. Mr. Bell stated that the high quality of Sanitary bread and pastries would continue under his management.
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1922
Businessmen Make Kite Tournament Attractive Affair.
The following prizes were given to the boys who took first places in the different events of the kite tournament last Friday afternoon at the aviation field.
For heighth, first prize won by Wellman Smith, who received $2.50 in merchandise from the boy's department of the Newman's Dry Goods Co.; second prize won by Jay Plumley, a $1.50 flashlight from the Collinson Hardware Co.
The second contest was the design, which was the most interesting of them all. First prize was won by Bobbie Lightstone, a $2 cash prize from the Comley Lumber Co. Second place was taken by Mark Ingle, a $1.50 game given by the Sollitt & Swarts Drug Co.
In the beauty contest, first place was taken by Lawrence Geeslin, a $2.25 scout knife given by the Collinson Hardware Co. Second place in beauty was won by Walter Kahler, a $1 fishing rod from the Wright Hardware Co.
The distance contest was won by Richard Metz, a $1.50 pail of lard from the Axley Market.
For the race, first prize was won by Fred Bugnal, a cash prize of $2 from the Houston Lumber Co. Second place was won by Jay Plumley, a $1.50 axe from the Wright Hardware Co.
The sweepstake prize was won by Walter Kahler, merchandise up to the value of $5 from the Palace Grocery store.
The pulling contest was not held on account of not having a strong enough wind to pull.
[MAYOR McINTOSH STANDS UP FOR POLICE.]
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1922 - FRONT PAGE
"The clean-up campaign in Arkansas City will not be halted by the unfortunate death of Everett Snodgrass," Mayor McIntosh declared today.
Snodgrass, aged 23, an overseas man, was shot through his right side at Tom Adams' home, 22 North Eighth street, by Policeman Ketch, about 11:30 o'clock Saturday night while a raid was being staged by police. Snodgrass said he was shot without warning before he died in a local hospital at 3:20 p.m. yesterday. Ketch claimed he made a play for his hip pocket when told to stick up his hands and be searched for whiskey. The policeman said Snodgrass dropped two bottles of liquor on a cement retaining wall and broke them after he was shot.
Ketch was arraigned before Justice Ham late yesterday on the charge of murder, preferred by Deputy County Attorney Quier, and arranged $3,000 bond for preliminary hearing May 3. He was suspended from the force, after his arraignment, pending the outcome of his preliminary.
Myron Bell, manager of the Merchants Delivery system, and the employer of Snodgrass, said today that the dying youth expressed the wish that Ketch not be prosecuted because he had a family to support.
The mayor said: "Policeman Ketch was doing his duty as an officer when he shot Snodgrass and the claim that he fired with deliberate intent to kill a defenseless youth is absurd. No officer would have shot under these conditions unless necessary. When the police go after men who are violating the law, it is their duty to get them, and if there is any sign of gun play, to get their man first. Snodgrass was where he ought not to have been. He did not obey the policeman's orders.
"The officer was expecting to meet more or less disreputable characters in the raid at 222 North Eight street, and when Snodgrass reached for his pocket, I have no doubt that Ketch, who had him covered with a flashlight and gun, shot in self protection. My sympathy is with the bereaved members of the family, and it is extremely unfortunate that the shooting occurred. It was a shock to the community; but the policeman is paid to protect your property and my property and our lives, and to seek out violators of the law. They are called to many places of danger in the line of duty and they are compelled to use measures of self protection for which an unthinking public often condemns them."
"Efforts are being made by some people to discredit the new administration as a result of the tragedy Saturday night, but I warn the violators of the law in this community that the clean-up campaign will be carried on until the city is rid of bootleggers, gamblers, fallen women, and all disreputable characters so far as it is within the power of the police department to drive them out.
"Things have been running loosely in Arkansas City with respect to bootlegging and other nuisances, until the city has got to a point where conditions were leading young girls and young men to their undoing. The law has been winked at, and in fighting the lawbreakers we must expect opposition.
"As unfortunate as the shooting Saturday night was, I hope it will have the effect of creating a more wholesome respect for the law and the men who are paid to see that it is observed."
[BURY SNODGRASS WEDNESDAY.]
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1922
The funeral of Everett Snodgrass will be held tomorrow afternoon at one o'clock in the Christian church, with Rev. Garrett W. McQuiddy, officiating. Burial will be in Parker cemetery. Relatives stated today that there would be no arrangements made for a military funeral. He was an ex-service man.
Everett Snodgrass leaves behind his mother, Mrs. Marguerite Snodgrass, and his father, George Snodgrass, of this city. He also leaves three brothers and five sisters: Ernest of Kaw City, Virgil and Edward, Mrs. Nora Price, Mrs. Ed Hughes of northeast of the city, Mrs. Allie Ferguson, and Miss Odessa Snodgrass. A half-brother, Henry Allen, lives at Summerville, Mo.
[MYRON BELL DENIES STORIES ABOUT EVERETT SNODGRASS.]
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1922
Gossip is spreading over the city to the effect that Everett Snodgrass, who died at the Arkansas City hospital yesterday as the result of a bullet wound inflicted by Policeman Frank Ketch Saturday night, had a bad character.
I want to vigorously deny this story as Everett has been in my employ for three years, off and on, and at the time of his death he was giving his mother the bulk of his salary toward her support. I made the check out to his mother.
It is true that Everett had gotten into debt pretty deep before he went overseas with the A. E. F. Those debts became outlawed, but he refused to make a settlement at a discount and told me he wanted to pay the full amount of all his indebtedness. He was paying $5 a week from his wages on these debts. The report has been circulated that he worked for me because he couldn't get even with me. As a matter of fact, I owe him a week's wages now.
Everett was living a clean, straight life and I have never had any more faithful or loyal employee. Any of the merchants or people to whom he delivered groceries will testify that he was always gentlemanly and courteous and honest.
The boy was beating his way back to an honorable and upright life and as "there is so much bad in the best of us and so much good in the worst of us, it certainly behooves none of us to talk about the rest of us," and especially when a young man who was supporting his mother is dead. Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone. Signed.Myron Bell, manager of Merchants Delivery System.
[EARL DOWNING'S NIGHT WORK GOT HIM IN POLICE COURT.]
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1922
Night Work Got Honorable Citizen in Police Court.
Law violators who work overtime seldom evade the hands of the law very long, but it is seldom that an honest man working at an honorable vocation is brought into court for being too industrious.
This is what befell Earl Downing when he was arrested Saturday night on a charge of disturbing the peace of D. E. DeSelm. Earl and his father were putting on a metal ceiling of the A. C. Cafeteria; and in order to keep the place running, were working at night, and this the complainant alleged disturbed his peace.
When Mr. Downing appeared in police court last evening, the prosecuting witness, being of a kindly turn of mind, recommended that the fine be made as small as possible, with the understanding that his peace was not to be disturbed by the "offender" in this manner again.
Accordingly Police Judge Brown assessed a fine of one dollar against Mr. Downing and told him to go on his way.
[MARK ROADS TO ARKANSAS CITY.]
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 1922
O. S. Seyster, secretary of the chamber of commerce, accompanied by R. H. Lane and Walter Hutchison, went on a road marking trip to Shidler yesterday, completing the marking of the road to that point. Their automobile mileage showed that Shidler is just 43 miles from here. They put up mileage signs and direction signs wherever needed along the route, which runs one mile east of Maple City, then southeast marking all turns to Fall City, then south through Grainola, and from this point straight south fourteen miles to Shidler.
"The road is good practically all the way and it is now properly marked and will help to advertise this city in the oil territory." said Mr. Seyster.
[BARBER JAKE CAMPBELL, UNION BARBER SHOP, HAS DOMESTIC TROUBLE.]
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 1922 - FRONT PAGE
"I can't work and have domestic trouble, at the same time." declared Jake Campbell, proprietor of the Union barber shop today in reply to the charge of disturbing the peace, brought by his wife at the police station last night. Jake arranged a $25 bond for appearance in police court at 5 p.m. today.
"I haven't the least idea what the charge is," he continued, "but if they have me booked on the blotter as `John Doe,' I want you to say it is Jason Campbell. I am not beating around the bush in my matrimonial storm. I simply can't wiggle a steady razor and at the same time be bothered with worries at home."
Mr. and Mrs. Campbell have heretofore had considerable trouble, having twice separated, but each time patched up their difficulties and lived together again. The last separation came more than four months ago; and shortly thereafter Mr. Campbell started divorce proceedings, which are now pending in the district court.
In the meantime Mrs. Campbell is occupying the Campbell residence at 501 South Second street while Mr. Campbell lives in a room on the second floor of the Union State bank, in the basement of which his barber shop is located.
He said he had not been at his house, which his wife is occupying, since he started action in the court, with one exception; and that he had orders from the judge not to go to the house.
NOTE: ON THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH, THE CASE AGAINST JAKE CAMPBELL FOR ALLEGED DISORDERLY CONDUCT, BROUGHT BY DELLA CAMPBELL, HIS WIFE, WAS DISMISSED. MRS. CAMPBELL DID NOT APPEAR AGAINST HIM.
[NEW FURNITURE STORE.]
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 1922
T. J. Underwood and his son-in-law, C. J. Brown, are opening a furniture store at 103 North Summit Street in the building formerly occupied by the Fowler Supply company. Mr. Underwood has been engaged in the second hand business here for two or three years, and he has been joined by Mr. Brown, who recently came from Clyde, Kansas. They are putting in a stock of new furniture.
[VIRGIL SNODGRASS, BROTHER OF EVERETT, MAKES STATEMENTS]
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1922
"The shot that struck my brother down awakened a new fighting spirit in me," declared Virgil Snodgrass, brother of Everett Snodgrass, overseas man, who was killed by Policeman Ketch in a raid at 222 North Eight street Saturday night, as he stood in Justice Martin's court today.
Snodgrass pleaded guilty to having dope in his possession when he was nabbed by policemen at the Santa Fe depot several days ago.
"I've only been on the dope about three months," he continued, "and the tragic death of my brother, bringing as it did a heartbreak to my mother, has made me resolve to go straight and quit the drugs. I want to go to jail and stay there until I have triumphed over the desire for dope. My associations led me to take the first shot with the needle. I am through with them now. I would rather be dead than to let the habit fasten itself upon me. Out at 506 North Tenth street is an old mother that loves me like she loved Everett, but I went wrong and Everett was going straight. I am going to try and take the place of my brother and help support my mother in the future. This is the first time I have ever been arrested, and a few hours after I was looking at the cold walls of the jail, I took a brace to myself and swore I would turn over a new leaf. I kneeled upon the concrete floor and prayed to God for help."
The youth's plea found an echo in the courtroom. Attorneys grasped his hand and wished him luck on his new start in life. The judge fined him $100 and sentenced him to 30 days in the county jail, in accordance with Snodgrass' wishes, where he said he could make a better fight against the dope desire.
"It would be just as impossible for him to quit under the old associations as for two trains to pass on the same track." said his attorney, H. S. Hines.
Constable Gray took him to the county jail late today.
[PETE GOCHIS MARRIES GOLDIE WRIGHT OF WICHITA.]
THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1922
Miss Goldie Wright of Wichita and Pete J. Gochis of this city were united in marriage yesterday afternoon, according to a telegram received by Louis Gochis, brother of Pete. The particulars of the wedding was not told in the message. Pete Gochis is part owner of the Busy Bee and Purity Candy Kitchens.
BIG AD PROMOTING HOME BUILDING: THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 1922
The Hess Real Estate Co., Corner A and 5th Avenue.
C. A. Bahruth, Plumber, 101 North Summit St.
A. C. Houston Lumber Co., W. W. McAdam, Mgr., 214 North Summit.
AD LISTED BUILDING PERMITS ISSUED BY CITY CLERK SINCE APRIL 25, 1921.
M. Price, blacksmith shop: $109.00
Mrs. Emily B. Bond, residence: $5,000.00
C. A. Williams, residence: $400.00
Frank Bryant, addition to house: $3,500.00
Wm. W. Brown, garage: $125.00
Mrs. A. E. Miller, addition to house: $1,000.00
H. A. Fowler, building: $40,000.00
Fred Connor, house: $2,000.00
Fred J. Leonard, house: $5,000.00
Floyd E. Wright, garage: $175.00
H. R. Branstetter, house: $150.00
Frank McDowell, remodeling: $3,500.00
W. V. Reynolds, garage: $50.00
A. L. Bendure, garage: $500.00
C. L. Lindsay, house: $350.00
H. L. Williams, house: $500.00
Geo. A. Eddy, house: $1,800.00
Carl L. Dees, repair house: $1,000.00
C. K. Freeman, remodeling house: $3,000.00
R. L. Ward, house: $4,000.00
Dan Hanson, garage: $250.00
D. E. Pease, house: $2,500.00
Otris Cann, house: $3,600.00
A. Dorner, house: $2,500.00
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Clayton, house: $2,500.00
C. J. Wakefield, house-garage: $2,500.00
C. J. Keller, garage: $100.00
Ray P. Griffith, house: $6,000.00
Lula E. Hendryx, garage: $2,500.00
J. F. Whelan, building: $5,000.00
Chas. W. Early, house: $700.00
John Peters, garage: $250.00
J. O. Brown, addition to house: $400.00
A. L. Bays, addition to house: $1,600.00
Keefe-LeStourgeon, business house: $15,000.00
E. C. Mierau, house: $1,000.00
A. H. Fitch, addition: $800.00
G. A. Moody, house: $2,000.00
Douglas Shaw, house: $3,500.00
Chas. Ransdall, garage: $350.00
Mrs. Kittridge, house: $1,800.00
W. B. Leonard, garage: $500.00
Geo. W. Cole, barn: $350.00
Mrs. E. Batdorf, garage: $800.00
E. W. Flickinger, remodel house: $4,500.00
Forest Livingston, garage: $150.00
Forest Livingston, addition to house: $350.00
Allen Hapefield, house: $1,200.00
Wm. Bull, work shop: $230.00
Mrs. G. W. Ramage, garage: $230.00
Day & Fagon, shed: $300.00
F. O. Herbert, garage: $600.00
Trinity Episcopal church: $50,000.00
A. C. Floral Co. greenhouse: $2,500.00
B. M. Wiley, house: $2,500.00
O. C. Watson, chicken house: $150.00
Lottie B. Turner, house: $4,000.00
R. T. Wesley, house: $1,500.00
E. E. Koff, garage: $400.00
Nazarene Church building: $1,000.00
A. L. Bendure, house: $1,600.00
C. B. Holmes, house: $1,800.00
G. W. Pate, house: $800.00
W. B. Osborne, house: $2,500.00
J. O. Brown, house: $5,000.00
M. G. Kantzer, house: $3,000.00
D. H. Shaw, house: $1,000.00
Geo. M. McDowell, house: $5,000.00
Flora and Anne Hight, house: $3,200.00
Tom Wallace, garage: $500.00
Chas. M. Biggs, house: $2,200.00
J. Hansell, garage: $500.00
Miss Ethel Duvall, remodel: $5,000.00
H. F. Lane, addition to house: $2,000.00
Frank McDowell, barn: $250.00
W. E. Turner, remodeling: $550.00
Elmo Powers, garage: $240.00
Lloyd Howald, building: $500.00
D. A. Steele, garge: $125.00
G. M. Featherhoff, house: $3,800.00
Mary Myers, garage: $140.00
S. M. Wetmore, house: $1,500.00
S. M. Wetmore, house: $1,500.00
S. M. Wetmore, house: $2,000.00
S. M. Wetmore, house: $2,000.00
J. B. Lantz, remodeling: $20,000.00
A. L. Bendure, garage: $8,000.00
High School Building: $250,000.00
GRAND TOTAL: $524,765.00
NOTE: TRAVELER MIGHT, AS USUAL, HAVE GOT SOME OF THE NAMES WRONG! THERE WERE MORE ADVERTISERS, BUT THEY DID NOT GIVE ADDRESS.
[MILLIKEN REFINERY WILL BE RE-OPENED.]
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Operation of the $2,000,000 Milliken Refinery, on West Madison Avenue, employing 175 men, will be resumed within a week or ten days, according to reliable authority, if the present plans are materialized.
Negotiations for resumption of activities at the plant have been in progress at Tulsa, Okla., for the last ten days, Superintendent Ed Ryan and Assistant Superintendent Hanley, who have been there helping in arrangements, having returned to this city.
Accompanying them were three prominent operators who inspected the refinery yesterday. They left for St. Louis last night, to confer with officials of the Milliken company. If the deal is closed, they will wire Superintendent Ryan to open the plant again.
The plant will be operated by Kistler Bros., multimillionaire oil producers at Tulsa, the report says. Arrangements have been completed for material necessary to resume operation.
The refinery has a capacity of 5,500 barrels a day. All the by products are manufactured, including parafine wax and lubricating oils of all kinds. It is equipped with electric power throughout.
It has its own fire fighting equipment and switching connections with the Santa Fe, Frisco, and Missouri Pacific. The plant was constructed in 1917.
NOTE: SOME CONFUSION OVER NAME...KISTLE BROTHERS APPEARS IN A
LATER ARTICLE...THIS ONE SAYS KISTLER BROTHERS! PROBABLY
NEED TO CHECK ON CORRECT SPELLING.
[SLOW MAKING CLAIMS AT THE TRADERS STATE BANK.]
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
"Claimants are slow about coming in to see about their accounts." said E. H. Armstrong, who is in charge of the settlement of the Traders State bank affairs. He stated: "There are at least 6,000 claimants and so far not more than 2,000 of these have appeared in the bank. I cannot understand why people are so slow about entering their claims. For the first ten days we were very busy, and limited the claimants to certain letters of the alphabet, but now we are not half busy on the whole alphabet from a to z. The sooner the claims are in, the sooner will the bank's patrons get their dividends. See here are a big pile of Christmas club accounts, here are a lot of savings accounts, and there are numerous time deposit accounts. We are anxious to have the claimants come in so we can check up on their accounts in order to get the affairs of the bank straightened out and to ascertain the dividends to be made."
[WILLIAM MUMMEY, CAUGHT AT NEWMAN'S, GOES BACK TO LANSING.]
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1922
State Record Officer, W. D. Burns, was here today from the state penitentiary and took back with him William Mummey, who was in jail here on a charge preferred by an Arkansas City store. He was identified by the officer as a man who escaped from the pen two years ago with six years of a sentence yet to be served.
When these facts were laid before the county attorney, he readily acquiesced to Burns' plea for the prisoner; and this county was saved the expense of a trial. Burns and his prisoner left today for the pen.
Mummey was sent up for larceny. He escaped two years ago and now will have to serve out the remainder of his sentence.
Mummey was arrested on a fire escape of an Arkansas City store building. He told officers he wanted to see how the city looked after nightfall.Winfield Free Press.
[MRS. MARY C. MORRIS: SUIT AGAINST TRADERS STATE/RECEIVERS.]
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1922
A suit against the Traders State bank and also against Frank H. Foster, bank commis sioner, B. V. Curry, receiver, and E. H. Armstrong was filed in district court Wednesday by Mrs. Mary C. Morris of Arkansas City. She asks judgment against the above named defendants for the sum of $450, which she alleges she paid to the bank for stock which was not delivered to her.
The plaintiff alleges that an officer of the bank approached her and told her she was a particular friend of the bank and a good customer. In consequence, he was in a position to sell her three shares of stock, which was at a par of $300 but worth much more than par, for $450. This could be delivered in a short time, she alleges she was told.
She was told her money would be kept separate and held in the vault, and that a certificate of stock would be issued. She alleges that she has since found the bank could not sell stock at that time and that "she could not under any circumstances obtain the new certificate of stock for the reason that he had no legal right to issue such."
She alleges that Victor Creighton, president of the bank, told her after the bank failed to open for business that her money was still safe but refused to give it back to her. She alleges that the receiver also refused to give her the money so now she asks a judgment against the bank and the receiver for the amount.Winfield Free Press.
[BEN STOCKTON: MECHANIC AT HILL GARAGE, DISCUSSES CHANGES.]
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1922
"There has been considerable evolution going on in this country in the past seventy-five years, and I am not sticking up for Darwin, either." said Ben Stockton, mechanic at the Hill garage on North Summit street, yesterday.
The auto artist continued in a reflective mood. "Take public sales, for instance. Most any farmer now can advertise registered cattle and registered horses that are beautiful animals to look upon, but that did not used to be the case." To prove his contention, Ben went down in his hip pocket and dug out a copy of a sale announcement which has come down to him in a way that he knows the sale was actually advertised. The copy in his possession reads:
"State of Missouri, County of Pike. To whom it may concern: The undersigned, will Tuesday, September 29, A. D., 1846, sell at public outcry for cash on the premises, where Coon creek crosses the Missouri road, the following chattels, to-wit: Nine yoke of oxen with yoke and chain, two wagons with beds, three nigger wenches, four buck niggers, three nigger boys, two prairie plows, 25 steel traps, one barrel pickled cabbage, one hogshead of tobacco, one lot nigger hoes, one spinning wheel, loom, three fox hounds, a lot of coon, mink, and skunk skins, and a lot of other articles. Am gwine to California.Henry Seaver. Tom Short, cryer. Free head cheese, apples, and hard cider at noon."
[UNDERSHERIFF ED PAULEY BRINGS BACK MEN FROM PAWHUSKA.]
FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1922
NOTE: EX-POLICEMAN PAULEY HAS BECOME AN UNDERSHERIFF.
Undersheriff Ed Pauley brought Dock O'Brien and Jack Burgess to this city last evening from Pawhuska, Okla., where they had been held pending the issuing of requisition papers in order to bring them here.
They are alleged to be the thieves who stole the J. H. Tyberendt Studebaker car from this city about two weeks ago.
Upon their arrival here last evening they were arraigned in Justice W. T. Ham's court. The case was set for hearing in this court on Saturday, May 6, at 9 a.m. Their bond was fixed at $5,000 each. Being unable to furnish bond, they were taken in custody by the undersheriff, who remained here overnight, holding them in the city lockup, and took them to the county jail at Winfield this morning.
[FRAUD CHARGES FILED AGAINST V. E. CREIGHTON-TRADERS STATE]
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Warrants were sworn out this morning for the arrest of Victor E. Creighton, former president of the closed Traders State bank, of this city, two suits being instituted simulta neously by Deputy County Attorney C. H. Quier, one in justice W. T. Ham's court and one in Justice J. W. Martin's court. The plaintiffs are Mrs. A. D. Farnsworth and C. G. Holmstein.
After Creighton had arranged bond, Holmstein tried to have his case withdrawn, and Deputy County Attorney Quier and the justice refused to grant his request.
Deputy Sheriff Fred Eaton brought the defendant into the two courts this morning and he was also accompanied by his attorney, W. L. Cunningham. In each court the case was set for hearing May 9 and in each case the bond was fixed at $1,000, which bonds were signed by Arthur LeStourgeon.
In the case brought in Justice Ham's court, the instrument filed by Mrs. Farnsworth contains two counts. The first alleges that on Dec. 31, 1922, Creighton forged and counterfeited an agreement whereby she was to take four shares of stock in the Traders State bank, at $150.00 per share, that Creighton forged and counterfeited her name to this agreement without her knowledge, alleging that she never signed such an agreement. This alleged agreement reads as follows:
"I hereby make application for four shares of stock of the Traders State Bank, which you contemplate issuing about January 1, the price not to exceed $150.00 per share, and I will pay for the same either in cash or in payments as per terms of the issue.Mrs. A. D. Farnsworth."
The second count charges that Creighton unlawfully, feloniously, designedly, with intent to cheat and defraud the said Mrs. A. D. Farnsworth by means of said false and fraudulent instrument, did secure the sum of $600.00, which was the personal property of the said Mrs. A. D. Farnsworth. The instrument does not show the manner in which the money was obtained, but according to the prosecuting attorney, her account at the bank was debited in the sum of $600.00.
In the suit filed in J. W. Martin's court, C. G. Holmstein charges that Creighton unlawfully, with intent to cheat and defraud the said C. G. Holmstein by means of the false pretenses that said Creighton had authority from the banking department of Kansas to increase the capital stock of the bank, which authority neither he nor the Traders State bank had obtained from the said banking department, did obtain from him goods and property as follows: one $100 liberty bond of the fourth issue, valued at $100; one $100 Victory bond, one $50.00 Liberty bond of the third issue, and the sum of $50.00 in money, the total value of the bonds and money being $300.00.
Holmstein alleges that he parted with this property relying upon the false representation of Creighton.
Mrs. A. D. Farnsworth is the widow of Dr. Alex. D. Farnsworth and resides at 417 North Fourth Street.
Holmstein is the president of the Farmers' Co-operative Union, and a stockholder in the Co-Operative store in this city.
In both justice courts it was explained that the reason the bonds were not made any larger was because Creighton is already under bonds totalling $9,000, and that the $1,000 bonds were made with the understanding that they were to be increased and made sufficient in case the other bonds became non-effective.
"I have no statement to make relative to the charges," said Mr. Creighton, "except to repeat that the full noon day sun may be turned upon all my transactions during my tenure of office at the Traders State bank."
[NEW CITY WELL MAKES BIG FLOW.]
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 1922
Shooting a stream of water that looked like it might be a horizontal geyser, Arkansas City's new water well was put on pump today.
Frank L. Thompson, commissioner of public utilities, had the following comments.
"This well will be the best well of the city. Instead of the metal casing, a new Kelly concrete perfected casing is used as this will last indefinitely because it cannot corrode as did the metal. The well is forty seven feet deep, which is five feet deeper than any of the other wells. It flowed an eight inch stream from eight o'clock until 11:15, with a decrease of only six inches. The flow of water is from the northwest and is of the same grade as the other water used in our city. However, before the well is turned over to the city use, a chemical test will be made to make sure of the quality. The well is not needed at present, but as summer comes and the demand for water in-creases, we will be amply supplied by this well."
[DR. JAMISON VAWTER BREAKS RIGHT ARM ON MAXWELL CAR.]
SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 1922
"I told papa he would break his arm trying to crank that
car," said Mrs. S. W. Payden, stenographer, Santa Fe railway, living at 221 North D street, "and sure enough it happened yesterday."
The father of the lady who spoke is Dr. Jamison Vawter, the well known eye, nose, and throat specialist of this city. Sure, his battery had run down, and now he is at home with his daughter with a broken right arm. It was not a Ford this time, but a Maxwell that kicked him when he tried to crank the car.
The accident occurred about 6 o'clock last evening while the car was parked in front of Bower's meat market. He was taken to the A. C. hospital by Dr. R. Claude Young, who attended to the break in his arm just above the wrist.
Mrs. Payden reported this morning that he put in a painful night, but was resting easier this morning.
AD: SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 1922
Mr. Dweelaard, formerly of the Shank-Dweelaard, Jewelers, has opened a high grade watch and jewelry repair shop. Mr. Dweelaard is an expert in the repair business and guarantees satisfaction.
[MORE ABOUT REOPENING MILLIKEN PLANT IN MAY.]
MONDAY, MAY 1, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Orders are expected from St. Louis by Superintendent Ed Ryan to start the machinery at the Milliken Refinery in motion by the middle of May. The refinery, if present plans do not go awry and negotiations now under way at St. Louis are closed, will be operated by the Kistler Bros., of Tulsa, multimillionaire oil men. That preparations for the reopening of the refinery here have been made by the Kistler Bros., with the view that their deal would go through, are reflected in the organization of the Consolidated Pipe Line Co., at Tulsa, in April, by Ralph Kistler, president, to provide for piping oil to the local plant.
This company has a four inch line from the Lyons pool to Tulsa, and has leased from the receivers of the Mid Continent Transportation Co., about 125 miles of four and six-inch pipe lines. The lease was taken by Mr. Kistler personally, and not by the Consolidated Pipe Line Co.
These lines, which are full of oil, have lain idle about a year, or since the Mid-Co's refineries in West Tulsa and Arkansas City, the latter a leased plant. One line of four and six inch diameter runs from the South Buildings Field to Arkansas City, while a 3-inch line, starting at DeNoya station, in the Burbank field, goes to the same destination. From the Pershing district in the Osage, a four-inch line runs to West Tulsa.
Mr. Kistler says that by the first part of May, he hopes to start operation of the north-bound lines, and the three refineries at Arkansas City will also be put into operation in the near future, and Mr. Kistler states that he has secured a market for all the oil he can deliver both to Arkansas City and West Tulsa. Capacity of the two northbound lines is about 6,000 barrels daily, and the south line can handle about 4,000. Mr. Kistler also is confident that he can secure enough crude to run these lines to capacity, although to do so from the Burbank field will necessitate the payment of a premium.
[MIDWEST GRAVEL COMPANY - EAST MADISON AVE./NORTH OF SILVERDALE]
MONDAY, MAY 1, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
A $50,000 gravel plant located adjacent to Arkansas City, and which will transact its business through this city, washed its first gravel at 5 o'clock Saturday evening.
John L. McQueen, 832 South C street, expert mining engineer, conceived the plant, located the gravel bed, invented the washer, devised the screening and loading bin, and who has personally overseen the work from the invention to the practical completion of the plant, made the following statement.
"Late Saturday afternoon the plant was given its first test and everything worked like a Waltham watch."
Mr. McQueen's achievement gives Cowley County a new industrial plant that will do close to one-third of a million dollars worht of business the first year of its operation.
The new plant is to be known as the Midwest Gravel Company. It is located on the East Madison Avenue road just north of Silverdale, within easy access to the Missouri Pacific railroad and Grouse creek.
McQueen stated: "From the beds here is produced the best quality of flint gravel, which measures up to the demands of the government, and a large business is assured from government sources. The product of the new plant is clear flint gravel, the kind that is demanded for all kinds of concrete work and which is in special demand for the building of federal aid roads. The government's requirements are known to be very rigid, but the gravel from this plant is said to measure up to the government's demands in every respect. The washer is a metal log affair, with cast lugs bolted on the logs, which are caused to revolve by a series of heavy gear wheels propelled by a 35-horsepower compound steam engine. This machine is known as `McQueen's Simplex gravel washer.' The method of conveying the gravel to the washer is my own idea put into operation. The gravel is carried from the beds to the washer by a sluice line, which runs from the beds on an incline to the machine. Water is piped from Grouse creek to the head of the sluice line and a stream of water running into the sluice box carries the gravel down. This sluice line is 800 feet in length. To provide the water a Dean duplex power pump, to run a 35-horsepower engine, has been provided, has been installed on the banks of Grouse creek, and the water is forced to the head of the sluiceway through a four-inch pipe line. The capacity of the pump is 600 gallons every minute."
Mr. McQueen continued: "The gravel is carried from the wash basin to the top of the screening and loading bin by means of flat buckets attached to a wide belt and running over pulleys. The washed gravel runs from the screens into the various bins according to the size of the screens. The bins are within 500 feet of the Missouri Pacific railroad and a switch has been extended to the bins of enough car capacity to accommodate fifteen cars. An oil reservoir is provided from which the boilers of both engines, the one at the plant and the one at the pump, are supplied with fuel. The entire construction of the whole plant is of the very best. The low washers were made in Joplin, Mo., according to special orders. The timbers and woodwork are all oak. The machinery is built to last for years. Orders have already been received for future delivery. It is expected the first shipment will be ready to go out by Thursday of this week. The plant's territory will be northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas."
Mr. McQueen has been operating in Virginia and Tennessee, and there is where he perfected his present washer. During the war he washed manganese ore for the government. He, with his wife, have taken up their permanent residence in this city.
Another McQueen device is the method of loading the gravel from the bins into the cars so that there will be the correct proportions of each size of gravel. The government is very particular about this matter, he said.
The superintendent of the plant is Orion N. Miller, civil engineer of this city, residing at 207 North C Street. The plant will soon be in full operation, and it will pay anybody to drive out that way and take a look at it.
[EDITORIAL RE OPENING OF THE REFINERY AGAIN IN A. C.]
MONDAY, MAY 1, 1922
Just at present the biggest break in news in Arkansas City is in regard to the Milliken refinery. From what is considered reliable reports, there are two companies attempting to get the refinery and open it up for business. Between them it is hoped one will be successful.
For several days word has been expected to come here as to which company gets it, or whether both have been turned down. Kistler Brothers, according to what is considered reliable report, have control of the pipe lines leading to the plant, excepting the big Empire line, which runs through the tank farm at the plant. It is said the Empire is bidding for the plant and is making interesting overtures to secure it. Kistler Brothers are doing the same thing.
According to reports, Ed Ryan and Tom Hanley, formerly foreman and assistant foreman of the Mid-Co. plant when it was in operation, are trying to put the deal through for Kistler Brothers; while Messrs. Tibbs and Baker are trying to put the deal over for the other company. It is claimed now that the capitalists here last Thursday were not representing the Kistler company, but the other company. They are at St. Louis at present negotiating for the plant. It is further claimed that that party of capitalists are the owners of twelve refineries at other places.
There are all sorts of rumors in regard to the starting up of the plant; consequently, those in position to know are expecting that something will be doing soon, possibly prior to May 15th.
If the Kistler Brothers succeed in landing the plant, Ed Ryan, foreman of the Mid-Co. will continue as foreman under them. If the other company succeeds, more than likely a new man will be put in charge.
The opening of the refinery means much to Arkansas City. Its closing down caused a big loss in population to Arkansas City, possibly four or five hundred people. Its opening will mean that many more people will be brought to our city.
A dispatch from St. Louis to the Traveler says the Milliken interests refuse to talk on the subject.
[REX BARBER SHOP IN HOME NATIONAL BANK NEWLY DECORATED.]
MONDAY, MAY 1, 1922
Wm. A. Stickler's Rex barber shop in the Home National bank building has been gone over and made like new. A regular piano polish as been put on the woodwork and the walls and ceiling have been tastefully decorated. With his white enamel fixtures, this makes the Rex shop look attractive indeed. Mr. Stickler is one of the old-time barbers of the city, who has achieved success by staying constantly on the job and by his courteous treatment of patrons at all times.
[J. F. WHELAN'S AUTO & PLUMBING SUPPLY CO. BUILDING DESTROYED.]
MONDAY, MAY 1, 1922
The fire department responded to a call at 1:25 o'clock this morning. The fire proved to be in the J. F. Whelan's Auto and Plumbing Supply company's building in the 1200 block on South Summit street. When the firemen arrived on the scene, the roof of the building had already fallen in. The walls are of concrete block construction. Housed in the building was a stock of plumbing fixtures including bath tubs, and everything in the plumbing line, also a storage battery service station, and the entire contents were completed destroyed, it appears. Mr. Whelan was reported to be out of town and the amount of the loss is not known.
According to reports, the building and stock were insured in several different companies. At the time of the fire, Whelan had no plumber in his employ, Gorrell Harris, until recently in his employ having gone to Wichita about a week ago to work. Orvel Curtis was in charge of the electrical end of the business.
[G. B. MITCHELL, BARBER, PURCHASES HALF INTEREST IN BARBER SHOP.]
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1922
G. B. Mitchell, one of the old time barbers of this city, better known as "Mitch," has purchased a half interest in the Sanitary Barber shop at 417 South Summit street, thus associating himself with former owner, George Cunningham. Mr. Mitchell has been working as a barber in this city for the past fourteen years, and this is his first venture in business for himself.
[SON OF W. W. ELSTON, ARKANSAS CITY FRUIT CO., BADLY INJURED.]
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1922
With his skull kicked in by a playful pony, plucky Robert Elston, four years old, walked fifty yards or more to the house with the inch and one-half gash bleeding profusely. At A. C. hospital today, it was stated that the outcome of the injury would not be known until a period of seventy-two hours had elapsed from the time the injury was received. The boy was at no time unconscious.
A place about the size of a dollar over the right eye was crushed in and the broken skull had to be set after the lad had been taken to the hospital. Today he was reported to be getting along as well as could be expected.
The boy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Elston, who live on a farm east of the city. Mr. Elston operates the business of the Arkansas City Fruit company, located in the Fifth Avenue theatre building.
[BOND ELECTION HELD FOR NEW SCHOOL IN I. X. L. SCHOOL DISTRICT.]
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1922
A bond election is being held today in I. X. L. school district, south of Arkansas City, for the purpose of voting bonds to build a new school house. If carried, the election will call for the issuance of bonds in the sum of $5,000.00.
Those who are familiar with the situation say that there is little doubt but what the bonds will carry. This is said to be one of the best school districts in the county and it has one of the poorest school buildings. The present school house was built about forty years ago.
The plans of the proposed new school building call for a standard school house, and will be constructed of concrete, tile, or brick, with a basement the full ground dimensions of the building. The basement is to be used for community gatherings.
The proposed new building will be equipped with all necessary conveniences, such as ante rooms, toilets, etc.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 1922: BOND ELECTION CARRIED BY A VOTE OF 41 TO 11.
[JUNIOR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/BOY SCOUT PARK ON SOUTH SUMMIT]
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1922
Sixty-five new members were added to the junior chamber of commerce last night as a result of the first period of the membership campaign instituted two weeks ago. Captains of the two winning teams were Walter Olson and C. O. Scott, who reported thirty-six new members. The captains of the losing teams were Everett and John Floyd, who secured twenty-nine new members.
E. K. Kraul, scout executive of the local council of Boy Scouts, presented a proposed park proposition. The park plans have been formulated by Ol Paris and the scout executive. The plan is to make the new park on South Summit street on the east side of the road a boy scout park.
"The boys under proper supervision are to lay out the grounds, plant trees, and arrange the shrubbbery, and in addition they are to build a building," said Mr. Kraul. "This is to be constructed out of lumber that would otherwise be wasted or destroyed, such as crates for shipping automobiles, boxes, and in fact wherever lumber of any kind can be picked up without cost further than the drayage, which will also probably be donated."
The plan met with the approval of the meeting and within two weeks Executive Kraul said all details with reference to park improvements under the boy scout auspices would be worked out, and a definite report made to the chamber.
SOME OF THE MEMBERS MENTIONED: Alden Griffen, Fred M. Irrwin, Harry V. Howard, Claude Bendure, Gil Davis, James Woods, Jr.,
D. V. Burton, J. L. Russell.
R. J. Grover, president of the Union State bank, gave the boys a brief history of the commercial organizations in this city, going back to what was known as the "Twenty Thousand club," and showed some things accomplished as well as some of the failures. The failures cited were the overall factory, the box factory, and the creamery. To secure these enterprises the different commercial bodies had put up bonuses. Mr. Grover said in this way he had learned that the bonus plan was not a success. He advised the junior chamber to look well to the social and civic organizations, specifying in particular the churches and schools. "If new enterprises come," Mr. Grover said, "they should come because of the opportunities afforded by this city and should stand on their own merits."
[NEW BUSINESS: SAVINGS INVESTMENT CO.]
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1922
Confidence and faith in the future of Arkansas City is registered by a new investment company opened for business in Arkansas City this morning. It is the Savings Investment Co., and has its office temporarily with the Schwartz Electric Co., at 304 South Summit street.
The Savings Investment Co. is strictly an Arkansas City company. It is made up of fifty local capitalists and has a subscribed capital stock of $10,000. The stockholders held a meeting at the law office of W. L. Cunningham last night and elected the following officers: V. E. Creighton, president; W. K. Mann, vice-president; R. L. Rhoads, secretary and treasurer. Its business will be to buy and sell real estate and make loans on chattels, real estate, and farms. V. E. Creighton is in charge of the office. The directors of the company are: C. K. Freeman, V. E. Creighton, W. K. Mann, W. W. Brown, M. G. Kantzer, Dr. V. L. Overstreet.
An application for a Kansas charter has already been applied for and will be received in a few days. As the company grows, the capital stock will be increased.
MEIN GOTT! V. E. CREIGHTON???!!!
[POLICEMAN KETCH IS BOUND OVER.]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Late today the preliminary hearing of Policeman Frank Ketch, charged with the murder of Everett Snodgrass, overseas man, residing at 510 North Tenth street, Saturday night, April 22, during a raid at the home of Tom Adams, 222 North Eighth street, was in progress before Justice Ham. The hearing was held in the police courtroom.
Snodgrass was shot through the side by Ketch in the front yard. Ketch said he refused to stick up his hands and be searched for whiskey. He claimed Snodgrass dropped two bottles on a retaining wall, breaking them after he was shot, and that the officers smelled the ground and claimed the bottles contained whiskey.
Snodgrass died at the Arkansas City hospital Monday afternoon following the shooting. He said before his death that he did not have any "whiskey in me or on me," but according to Myron Bell, his employer, declared that he did not "want Ketch prosecuted, because he had a family to support."
At the hearing today the aged mother and her son, Ernest Snodgrass, of Kaw City, made a joint statement as follows. "We hardly know how to feel about it until we have heard both sides of the story. If there was cause for our son and brother being shot, we don't want to see anyone suffer for it. We only hope for and expect justice on whichever side it may be."
Ketch sat in the courtroom beside his attorney, W. L. Cunningham. It had not been decided late today whether Ketch would be put on the stand.
County Attorney Fink and Deputy County Attorney Quier are conducting the prosecution.
Exhibits in the case will include the blood soaked clothes of Snodgrass and the broken bottles picked up by police at the scene of the shooting.
Tom Adams, 222 North Eighth street, first witness, described the scene at his home on the night of April 22, when the raid was staged by officers resulting in the death of Snodgrass, as follows.
"Everett Snodgrass came to my home about 10:45 p.m. My wife, I, and Chadwell were there at that time. My wife and I were in the front room with Policeman White. Chief Dailey was on the back porch, and Policeman Ketch, I think, was in the front yard, it being about 30 minutes since I had seen him. I heard the chief tell him to go there with the other officers. This was about 20 minutes before Snodgrass came. Snodgrass came in the house by the front door and asked me where Osborne was. I told him that Osborne said to tell him to come on up to his house, Osborne having been there about 30 minutes before this time. He went on out to the back porch where Chief Dailey was and I followed him out. We hopped and talked about three or four minutes and he left, going around the north side of the house as Chadwell came around the south side with the search and seizure warrant White had sent him after. I last saw Snodgrass as he walked around the corner of the house. Chadwell handed the warrant to White and White handed it to me. I walked into the kitchen, read the first two lines of the warrant, and handed it back to White and told him to go ahead and search the house. White, Chadwell, Dailey and my wife were standing there at the time. There was nothing else said and just then we heard a shot. We all ran around the corner of the house and there stood Ketch and Snodgrass. Snodgrass had his hands raised about half way up and Ketch was pointing a pistol at him with his right hand and searching him with his left.
Adams continued: "Dailey spoke then and said, `For God's sake, have you shot that boy?' Ketch did not answer but went on searching him. Snodgrass said: "Hell yes, he shot me, through the belly.
"No one spoke then and I pulled his coat off and could see blood all over the left side of his shirt. Ketch was still holding his gun, it was an automatic, but only one shot was fired. There was no further conversation until Snodgrass said: `Better get a doctor, or I won't last long this way.' Then Snodgrass said, `I want to sit down,' and he sat down on the edge of the porch. This was about six or seven minutes after the shooting. He sat there until Ketch and myself carried him into the house and laid him on the bed. About ten minutes later Dr. Young, who had been called by White, came in. He only looked at the bullet hole, gave him a hypodermic, and started back to the hospital to make arrangements for him there. Then Oldroyd's ambulance came and took Snodgrass to the hospital."
The testimony of Mrs. Tom Adams was to the effect the same as that of her husband.
Dr. Young was next put on the stand and testified to the following.
"I was called to the Adams home and upon arrival found Everett Snodgrass upon the bed. After a hurried examination I gave him a hypodermic to quiet him and left to arrange for his arrival at the hospital. He was brought to the hospital about fifteen minutes later, and after another examination, I operated on him. The bullet had entered his right side about on the level with the eleventh rib and had gone through the lower lobe of the liver, cut along the edge of the stomach, and came out on the other side about three or four inches ahead of where it entered.
"The operation did for him all that it was possible to do and he died Monday afternoon, the cause of his death being due to a bullet through the side.
"His coat has two holes through the right side and one in the left and there is a powder burn on the coat about four inches in circumference."
Ernest Snodgrass testified that his dying brother told him "he had been shot down like a dog."
Everett told Ernest: "I went to the Adams home to see Osborne. Ketch threw a spotlight on me and aimed his pistol at me. He shot me before I could make a move."
Ernest said, "I asked him if there was anything he wanted me to make right." Everett replied: "No."
Ed. Hughes, brother-in-law of the slain youth, testified that Snodgrass told him he didn't have any whiskey on him when he was shot. "Everett told me he was shot down like a dog."
I asked him if the officer commanded him to halt or to throw up his hands and he said, "He did not."
At 4:05 o'clock Policeman Ketch was bound over to the district court under $5,000 bond. His attorney said the bond would be arranged.
Bond was arranged by Ketch, who is temporarily suspended from the police force, pending the final outcome of the charge against him.
[A. C. FARMERS UNION COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION.]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 1922
"The A. C. Farmers Union Cooperative Association did a gross business of nearly $400,000, according to the auditor's report at the annual meeting of the organization held yesterday in the Security National bank building," stated A. E. Allard, the company's manager, this morning.
Directors were elected yesterday as follows: Anthony Smith, T. L. Casement, E. B. Sterling, John Hankins, J. O. Rambo, George Anderson, Harry Lewis, and F. H. Lemmert.
They will hold a meeting within the next ten days to elect president, secretary, and treasurer.
The organization has about 275 members consisting of farmers living within a radius of ten to fifteen miles around Arkansas City. Besides buying wheat, corn, oats, and other farm products, the union also handles a line of farm machinery and operates an elevator. It is one of the strong institutions of Arkansas City, with elevator, warehouses, and office located near the Santa Fe railroad at 200 South D street.
[MILLIKEN DEAL STILL PENDING.]
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Ed Ryan, former manager of the Mid-Co refinery in this city, went to Tulsa this morning. Negotiations are still pending for the transfer of the Mid-Co refinery to Kistle Brothers, and Mr. Ryan was called to Tulsa for the purpose of aiding in pushing the deal over.
Mr. Ryan is one of the big expert refinery men of the mid-continent field and it is believed he is going to be able to get the Mid-Co refinery started again in this city or aid very materially in doing so. Assistant Superintendent Hanley, formerly of the Mid-Co company, is still in the city, remaining here expecting the refinery to start up again at a very early date. It is said that 450 tanks cars belonging to Mid-Co have been assembled in the yards of the company here for the use of the refinery when it opens.
Those in position to know claim the idleness of the plant is damaging it considerably and that something will be done very soon because of this fact and the further fact of the continued expense of taxes, insurance, and the pay of the force now in charge of the plant.
It is said the Kistle Brothers have visited St. Louis for the purpose of negotiating with the Milliken people, and from there have gone on to New York. This is taken to indicate that the Milliken people have not turned down the proposition of the Kistle Brothers, but have it under consideration. One reason the refinery has not been started up is because the Milliken company is holding out for bigger money.
[RAID CAPTURES 60 GALLON STILL NEAR OLD CEMENT PLANT FARM.]
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Raid near old Cement plant Results in Arrest of Two Men.
Sheriff Charles Goldsmith and "his gang," swooped upon a whiskey still in a draw on the cement plant farm east of Arkansas City last night, capturing a 60 gallon a day capacity still and two men.
Accompanying the sheriff were Undersheriff Don Goldsmith, Deputies Goforth and Eaton.
The officers crept up to the draw where the whiskey plant was located. Smoke curled above the tree tops. Two men were seen operating the still.
When they saw the officers, they broke into a run. Firing broke loose and after several shots had been fired at the fleeing men, they halted and surrendered. They were Ralph Tubbe, 24, married man with a wife and two children, and Harvey Easton. They were taken to Winfield along with the moonshine equipment for arraignment on the charge of manufacturing and possessing whiskey. Tubbe has the farm leased.
"Shucks," said one of the men, "we are not operating a still for illicit purposes. We are just separating the alcohol from the corn before we feed the corn to the hogs. The alcohol would make them drunk."
"That's right," said the sheriff. "I've heard that corn whiskey will also make human beings cut some wild capers."
Two barrels of mash were found in the vicinity of the still. The officers also got three gallons of green corn whiskey. It is the belief of the raiding squad from the sheriff's office that Arkansas City has its main supply of bootleg booze cut off by the capture of this still, which is said to be the largest one in operation in the county. It was the wholesale plant which fed the local bootleggers, the sheriff believes.
"We have been on the trail of this plant for a long time," said Goldsmith. "Easton is well known to us and we have been trailing him since he came back to the county. Tubbe is a younger man and we are sorry for his family, but we had to do our duty. Too much booze has been circulating in Cowley county, and the bootleggers have been reaping a rich harvest. I believe there will be a drouth in Arkansas City, especially since we made this raid."
[BUILDINGS IN ARKANSAS LAST YEAR...EDITORIAL.]
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1922
A few days since, the Traveler published a page advertisement which contained a list of the building permits in Arkansas City for the past year. It amounted to over $600,000.00, which is a good showing for last year in any town the size of Arkansas City. Almost one hundred residences were built during that time, besides numerous other buildings which we have enumerated at different times.
However, the $600,000.00 spent for building does not represent all the money that was put in buildings during the year. That amount represents the amount for which building permits were asked. There was at least another hundred thousand dollars for which no building permits were taken out.
Our attention was called to this fact by W. H. Nelson, who keeps a good track of the building which takes place in this city. Among those that we neglected to list or the owners had not taken out permits, were R. T. Keefe's beautiful bungalow, Trimper Building, the Keefe and LeStourgeon building, and several others that we do not recall at this time, amounting to possibly $125,000 more. We are just bringing this fact to the mind of the public for two reasons.
One is to show how substantially Arkansas City has improved the past year, and the other to show how important it is for those building to take out permits of the city clerk. The Traveler believes that it is the duty of every citizen who builds in this city to take out a permit, whether he is required to do so by law or not. If this is done, when publication of the amount of building in the city is desired, it can be obtained from the permit books kept by the city clerk. It is a good thing in a statistical way and it is a good thing to be able to show the building that actually occurred in the city upon any dates. Therefore, the Traveler hopes that all who build in the future will secure building permits so the records will show and demonstrate to the world how rapidly and solidly our town is growing.
[DEPUTY SHERIFF ED PAULEY ARRESTS EXPRESS MONEY ORDER ARTIST.]
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1922
HOW ABOUT THAT?! NOW PAULEY IS A DEPUTY SHERIFF!
Deputy Sheriff Ed Pauley arrested an express money order artist yesterday about the middle of the afternoon in front of the interurban office in this city, who gave his name to the deputy as B. B. McCoy.
According to the officer, he is a much wanted man. He is thought to be implicated in a several thousand dollar express money order robbery that occurred in South Bend, Texas, last February or March. The officer also stated that he was wanted in Wichita for cashing a $50 express money order in that city.
Special Agent Montgomery of the American Railway Express company arrived in the city this morning from Kansas City and took McCoy with him to Wichita, as it was thought, on account of the character and number of charges against him, his case could be handled more advantageously from that place.
The proprietor of the Economy grocery store, J. A. Haney, and one of the clerks in the store, Dale Deist, were the means of having McCoy arrested. They gave his name as Clyde Boyd, as that was the name appearing on the money order he attempted to cash.
"About 3:30 o'clock yesterday," said Clerk Deist, "a man came into the store and purchased groceries to the amount of $2.10. In payment for which he tendered an express money order made out for the sum of $20. I told him the proprietor was out and he would have to wait until his return, gave the order back to him, and held the groceries."
The working force at the Economy grocery had been put on their guard several months ago when Mr. Haney lost $50 by finding a worthless express money order in his possession. That $50 order and the $20 order offered yesterday proved to be both from a series of numbers which Mr. Haney had copied and had in his possession. The clerk had the order in his hands long enough to observe the number. It proved to be one of the series that was missing from the American Railway Express company's office at Parker, Colorado. The $20 order was numbered Series D8973166.
Mr. Haney, the store proprietor, had formerly worked for the express company and was familiar with the methods and practices of the company in the issuance of money orders. "That order should have had the name of the town, Parker, Colo., stamped on the face of the order on the proper line, but instead the name of the town was written in long hand," observed Mr. Haney. "The money order was signed by Clyde Boyd and was also endorsed in the same hand-writing."
Of course, the man McCoy or Boyd, did not put in an appearance at the Economy store again. But after the store proprietor and clerk had checked up on the matter, they knew then all they had to do was to locate their man in order to halt his checkered check career for a time at least.
Accordingly, the got Deputy Sheriff Ed Pauley, who together with Mr. Haney and Clerk Deist, started out to locate their man. Deist soon observed him on the street and they followed him to the interurban station.
Stepping up to him and touching him on the shoulder, Deist said: "We can now take care of you on that money order proposition," and introduced him to the deputy sheriff.
Deputy Pauley soon noticed him reach up to his shirt collar as if to push something down under the collar, whereupon the officer said: "We'll just examine what you've got under your shirt." In doing so, the officer found the money order that the man had tried to pass at the Economy grocery store a short time before. The man claimed he had found the money order in Newkirk.
"In my opinion," said Mr. Haney, "this man is working as a tool of some master mind. A master criminal would not have been caught up so easily, but would have been clear out of town after certain developments."
The prisoner is reported to have acted mean because of his arrest, but made no attempt to get away.
Immediately upon the capture of the man, Mr. Haney wired the head official of the American Railway Express company in Kansas City, stating the details of the capture, and claiming the reward. He did not know the amount of the reward, but supposed it would be about $100.
Mr. Haney stated: "I want to get some of the money back that I lost on that express order last winter."
This is considered about as smooth a capture as has been made for some time, the man being landed with remarkable ease. That the local officer was vigilant is evident by the fact that he immediately knew his man.
[PLUCKY FOUR YEAR OLD, ROBERT ELSTON, EXPECTED TO RECOVER.]
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1922
Robert Elston, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Elston, who was kicked in the forehead by a pony and had his skull crushed, was reported from the hospital today to have passed the crisis and is now expected to recover.
[HUMOR: WIFE WINS IN POINTS AGAINST FRIEND HUBBY.]
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1922
"Well, our bank account is overdrawn again." snapped an angry husband, when he went home yesterday noon.
"That so?" smiled his wife. "Well, I guess it must be your fault."
"My fault, nothing," snarled Friend husband, "you know a woman knows nothing about balances. She just thinks there is always enough money in the bank to honor her check and writes it for any amount she chooses."
His wife responds: "Well, now, I am going to let you prove whether a husband overdraws more frequently in a joint account. Just wait a minute and I will call some of the bankers. Let's end this argument once and for all."
The wife goes to the phone and gives a number. "Hello, is this the Home National Bank?"
"Who's speaking, please?"
"Mr. Farrar." (The connection is faulty.)
"You say it's Jesse James?"
"No, no, I haven't any horse, this is Mr. Farrar."
"Oh! Well, Mr. Farrar, my husband and I are having an argument over whether a wife or a husband overdraws the most in a joint checking account, and if it is a success or not. Will you please give me your opinion?"
"Sure." says Mr. Farrar. "It's this wayI'm opposed to the joint checking account, unless one's resources are unlimited, because too many times one or the other is going to write a check that the other does not know about, and eventually one of them is going to overdraw."
"And when one of them does overdraw, Mr. Farrar," she asked, "which one as a rule is it?"
"Well," answered Mr. Farrar, "it has been my experience that one overdraws as often as the other, just about a fifty-fifty break, I would say, except of course in your case"
"All right, Mr. Farrar, thank you very much." She hangs up the receiver and feels disappointed that a man does not overdraw oftener than a woman. But still not convinced, she takes down the receiver and calls another number.
"Security National Bank talking." said a voice.
"Is this Mr. Stryker?"
"No, this is J. B. Heffelfinger."
"Well, Mr. Heffelfinger, I was just talking to the Home National Bank in regard to their success with joint checking accounts for a man and his wife. Just what is your opinion on the subject?"
"Well," said Mr. Heffelfinger, "I would readily say that I'd be in favor of it, if both parties would keep stubs on the checks they write and compare stubs often so they knew exactly how their balance stood and were very careful about writing checks.
"But if a woman wants a method that would make her entirely independent of the man and wanted to avoid argument, I would advise having a certain amount deposited in her name, then she could keep her stubs and always know just how much balance she had."
The woman responded: "But my husband says that women know nothing about bank balances."
"Well," he replied, "it's true that many persons are confused about banking laws, either men or women. For example, twice I can remember we have sent out notices of accounts being overdrawn, once a man and once a woman, and both of them immediately sent in checks written against their account that had been overdrawn, to pay for the overdraft."
He asked, "Was there anything else?"
"No, that was all, thank you very much, Mr. Heffelfinger."
She hangs up the receiver, but not being satisfied, takes it down and calls another number.
"Union State Bank." comes over the wire.
"Is this Mr. Bricker talking?"
She explains the situation to Mr. Bricker and asks his opinion.
"Well," he answers, "for the most part our joint accounts have been very successful, part of which we believe is due to the accuracy of our bookkeepers. And for the fact that they have been successful, I can readily advise it."
"And who overdraws the most when that does occur?"
"Nearly always the man." he answers.
"And," wife smiles to herself, "how do you account for this?"
"I believe it is because a woman is naturally more careful than a man, and because a man usually is thinking of business, or has something else on his mind."
"All right, many, many thanks to you." said wifey, in her sweetest voice, and bolted for the living room where Friend husband was reading a newspaper.
[NARCOTICS SEIZED BY POLICE HELD BY J. E. BROOKS, COLORED.]
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1922
J. E. Brooks, colored, was arrested this morning by Chief Dailey at the postoffice just after he had got his mail. He and a package received through the mail were taken to the police station. Brooks was put in jail pending the arrival of a federal officer from Kansas City.
Chief Dailey then went to the street number where Brooks resides, 117 North F street, and in making a search of the house found five cigar boxes, each containing empty tin cans, which had contained narcotics, according to the evidences in the cans. The cans were square and of a size to nicely fit in crosswise in the cigar box. There were also some smaller cans made to accommodate a different narcotic of a lighter weight. There were just the two sizes of cans, each holding one ounce.
The larger cans were for cocaine and the smaller cans for morphine, according to indications. Where the cans did not fill the box, pieces of brick had been fit in to act as a packing and at the same time to give the box a certain weight, is the belief of the officers.
The local police had been put on their guard through federal sources and were watching the postoffice with a view to catching their man. It was expected that the federal officer would arrive here late this afternoon and that a preliminary hearing would be held in the police court this evening.
The local officers estimate that the value of the dope shipped in the five cigar boxes together with the box received today would be not less than $1,000.00. Judging by the volume of business, the officers think they have got the "king bee" in this illicit trade. It is the belief that the business is organized, and there is a possibility that the arrest of Brooks may lead to some startling developments.
Attorney W. L. Cunningham is acting as attorney for Brooks. There is likely to be more than one charge lodged against the arrested man. The first federal charge would be wrong use of the mail or receiving narcotics through the mail. The other offense would be having these narcotics in his possession, which would also be a federal action.
Brooks was notified from the postoffice that he had a registered package there and it was necessary for him to go to the postoffice to sign up for the package. According to report, he claimed that he was expecting a shipment of playing cards, the shipment to contain a dozen packages. All the cigar boxes had a plain address on them and there was nothing to indicate where the shipment came from.
[CHANGE IN ROSEBERRY & MACALLISTER AUTOMOBILE COMPANY.]
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1922
Roy Williams, physical director in the manual training school, has purchased a half interest in the Roseberry & MacAllister automobile company, having bought out the interest of W. D. MacAllister.
Mr. Williams will not be actively engaged in the business until the present term of school closes, which will be on Friday, May 19. Mr. MacAllister has not announced any definite arrangements as to his future activities, and before reentering business will probably take a vacation.
The new firm will be known as the Roseberry-Williams Motor company. Mr. Roseberry states that he regrets to lose Mr. MacAllister as an associate in business, but believes that Mr. Williams will prove a good man on the job.
[COMPLETION OF NEW TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH IS NEAR.]
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1922
"The new Trinity Episcopal church on which we are now working has several new features that heretofore have not been incorporated in church construction in this section of the country," said Contractor E. S. Berry yesterday.
The church building is the new structure being erected at the corner of A street and Cedar avenue by the Trinity Episcopal church people.
The excavation for the basement was done and the foundation laid last fall, and the cornerstone was laid and the church deeicated with a fitting ceremony. But the work was delayed fully three months on account of inability to get the stone that was to be used in its construction.
The stone comes from the Silverdale quarry in this county. The quarry was far behind on its orders; therefore the delay.
"A new feature," said Mr. Berry, "is the finish of the nave or body of the church from the choir to the entrance. The wall finish is entirely of natural stone, which will be rubbed and pointed up perfectly smooth."
In speaking of this finish, the parish rector, Rev. Frederic Busch said. "It will not only make a beautiful finish, but it will be permanent. In forty years from now, the wall will be as good as it is now, obviating altogether the work of redecorating."
Inset spaces are provided on the side walls for the radiators, which will be set flush with the wall, thus not taking up any space in the auditorium. These radiators are to be connected to a vacuum steam heating plant located in the basement.
"This stone finish will extend from the floor line to the ceiling line." explained Mr. Berry. "At the ceiling line fitted in their proper places are beautifully carved stone corbels which jut out somewhat in the fashion of a bracket. On these stone corbels rest the ceiling trusses, which are exposed and encased in dark wood, and the ceiling is all paneled in wood."
Mr. Berry continued: "A difficult architectural feat is the construction of the arched ceilings over the chancel. An archway crosswise with the building interests an archway coming into it lengthwise with the building. The dimension lumber had to be all figured out and cut at the mill."
The structural work on this part of the building had been completed, and it certainly looked like a complicated piece of architecture. It is what is known as a groin ceiling.
In the basement will be a living room, kitchen, boiler room, and two toilets. Over the basement will be a large recreation room, which by means of folding doors will also be used as class rooms. A chapel room is also provided on the north side of the building. The pulpit is located on the left side and at the front line of the chancel. It will be paneled in octagonal shape, the panels being about four feet high, exposing only the upper part of the body of the speaker.
It will be a very beautiful church structure. Contractor Berry thinks he will have it completed in ninety days.
[R. L. HUDSON IN CRITICAL CONDITION DUE TO STROKE.]
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 1922
R. L. Hudson lies in a critical condition at his home, 719 South D street, as a result of a stroke of paralysis yesterday morning. He has been unconscious and unable to talk since last evening. The attending physician, Dr. Downing, gives no hopes of his recovery, was the word coming from the home this morning. He is a retired citizen. Three of the five children are here, Mrs. Clarence McGuire, Leavenworth, Kans., and Mrs. A. N. Braun and Earl Hudson, both of Kansas City. Two others, one in the west and one in Tennessee, are expected to arrive.
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922
R. L. Hudson, a retired contractor died this morning. Mr. Hudson was 78 years of age and had lived in Arkansas City for the past 34 years. [NOT RELATED TO RAE HUDSON.]
[WHISKEY STILL OPERATORS: TUBBE AND EASTON.]
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Winfield, Kan., May 6.Bond in the sum of $500 has been arranged for release pending his hearing on the charge of manufacturing and possessing liquor by Ralph Tubbe, of Arkansas City.
Harvey Easton, arrested at the same time as Tubbe, on the old cement farm east of the city when a raiding squad from the sheriff's office captured a 60 gallon still and three gallons of whiskey, has not found a bondsman.
[ATTEMPT AT HUMOR: EXPERIENCES OF A DEFEATED POLITICIAN.]
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922.
The following is a detailed statement of the experiences of a local politician as given out by himself and must be correct.
Lost four months and 23 days canvassing; lost 1,349 hours of sleep, thinking about the election; lost 43 acres of corn and a whole crop of sweet potatoes; lost two front teeth and a lot of hair in a personal encounter with opponent; donated one beef, four goats, and five sheep to county barbecue; gave away two pair of suspenders, four calico dresses, five dolls, and thirteen baby rattlers.
Kissed 126 babies, kindled fourteen fires, put up eight stoves, cut four cords of wood, carried twenty-four buckets of water, picked nine barrels of apples, gathered seven wagon loads of corn, pulled 476 bundles of fodder, walked 4,060 miles, shook hands 9,086 times, told 10,000 lies, and talked enough to make in print 1,000 volumes the size of the patent office reports. Attended sixteen revival meetings, was baptized four different times by immersion, and twice some other way, contributed $50,000 to foreign missions, made love to nine grass widows, got bit by dogs thirty-nine times, and then got defeated.
[DR. R. CLAUDE YOUNG DAMAGES BRAND NEW CADILLAC SEDAN CAR.]
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922
Dr. R. Claude Young's brand new Cadillac sedan car in passing through a muddy spot skidded into a cement curb at the end of a culvert on the rock road two or three miles north of town last evening. The front left wheel struck the wall, taking off a hub cap, and the rear left wheel struck the wall with full force, completely destroying the wheel. The left running board was also mashed in. The wall was too low to catch the fenders and they were not much damaged, except the front one next to the running board. The car had to be towed in. The doctor was driving slowly when the accident occurred because of the bad condition of the road at this hill.
[MINE PROSPECTOR, SILVER CREEK, VIOLATED LIQUOR LAW.]
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922
A prospector operating for fire clay and lead over on Silver Creek seems not to have developed anything definite yet but chalk beer and other intoxicants, according to indications in the local courts.
M. C. Gohagan and his hired man, Frank Monteigio, were brought into Justice W. T. Ham's court yesterday evening by Deputy Sheriff Fred Eaton, and were arraigned on a charge of violating the prohibitory liquor law. Judge Ham set their case for Friday, May 12, and placed their bonds at $1,000 each. In default of giving bond, they were committed to jail. They were held in this city overnight and Deputy Eaton took them to Winfield this afternoon.
Bad reports come from the Silver Creek neighborhood, where Gohagan maintains a shack. However, it seems that Gohagan was actually doing some mine prospecting in connection with operating the nuisance with which he is charged in the complaint filed against him.
[MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL: COLLINS, WHO KILLED JOHN WILLIAMS.]
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922
Attorney H. S. Hines went to Winfield this morning, this being motion day in the district court. As attorney in the Collins murder case, he has filed a motion for a new trial of Fred Collins, who was convicted in March on the charge of killing John Williams. The motion for a new trial is founded upon the alleged perjury of one of the witnesses.
[CASE AGAINST O'BRIEN/BURGESS CONTINUED]
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922
The case of Doc O'Brien and Jack Burgess, held in the city jail on a charge of stealing the Tybrendt car in this city, which had been set for hearing in Justice W. T. Ham's court here today, was postponed on information from the sheriff that a certain witness could not be reached at this time. The case was continued until 9 o'clock a.m. next Saturday, May 13.
[BOOZE TRAFFIC IN OSAGE NATION DELAYS PAYMENTS.]
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922
Ponca City, May 6.Although the next payment to the Osage Indians of approximately $1,000 each is still several weeks in the future, it is understood here that the Indian department authorities are again considering the proposition of withholding future payments until the illicit liquor business in this section of the state, and particularly in the western Osage, is stopped.
This warning, it is known, has been issued several times but without having any considerable effect on the situation. It is maintained, however, that the holding up of the payments for any length of time would soon line up all the business interests of this entire section behind enforcement.
It is declared in this connection that throughout the oil field portion of the western Osage, the liquor traffic is in full swing and to such an extent that one man is said to be delivering one automobile load daily to one of the towns in that district. Federal authorities were very busy here some months ago and a number of raids were made. It is understood here that the Washington authorities are now looking into the matter.
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922
Bolton Township held a convention in the basement of the Home National bank this afternoon and elected the following officers: Vincent Bossi, township trustee; Clark White, township clerk; and E. M. Quinn, township treasurer.
[CHAS. WARREN/ HEN WHO LAYS EGG ONE FOURTH POUND IN WEIGHT.]
SATURDAY, MAY 6, 1922
A large hen's egg, displayed at the Union State bank today, caused some little commotion. The egg was laid by an eleven months old Buff Rock hen, and is the 76th egg she has laid. She has also raised one brood of chickens. This hen is owned by Chas. Warren of 1024 South C street. All of the hen's eggs are large, but this one exceeded any yet laid, being one fourth pound in weight. The egg has been candled by several of the grocery stores in town, but only one yolk can be found.
[G. P. HILLS FROM CEDARVALE ARRESTED FOR BOTTLE IN HIP POCKET.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Hip buffets are becoming expensive in Arkansas City.
A fine of $125 and a sentence of 30 days in jail were imposed upon G. P. Hills by Police Judge Harry S. Brown this morning. When the police nabbed Hills, they found a bottle of whiskey in his hip pocket, besides other furniture in keeping with the "buffet" consisting of concealed weapons and a jag that was not concealed.
Hills had come over from Cedarvale to the white way to get away from the daily grind and care of business and have a good time.
Where he got his supply of intoxicating joy did not develop into a concrete proposition. He told the police he bought it from a negro at the corner of First street and Fifth avenue, who seemed to be a walking retail liquor house.
"Where he got it, I don't know," said Hills, "but he had it on him and I bought some from him. I do not know his name."
Hills was held over until this morning when the judge assessed the above fine and jail sentence. It was expected he would raise the fine, in which event he would be allowed his freedom. But in the meantime he languishes in jail. Hip pocket buffets have got up into the luxury class in Arkansas City, according to this new development.
[NOTE: PAPER STATED...JAG THAT WAS NOT CONCEALED...????]
[CITY VALUATION INCREASES $2,516,248.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
"In the past four years, Arkansas City has increased its assessed valuation over two million and a half dollars. The past year it has increased its improvement and real estate assessed valuation over a half million dollars," said W. H. Nelson today.
Mr. Nelson, who has the job of assessing the real estate in Arkansas City, will finish his labors today or tomorrow. The assessment of real estate last year amounted to $5,901,754. The total assessed valuation of Arkansas City last year, including real estate, railroads, and personal property, amounted to $11,755.795. Mr. Nelson says that while he has not yet finished totaling the assessed valuation this year, he is confident that the real estate assessment and improvements will amount to an increase of over a half million dollars. If he is correct in his estimate, the assessed real estate valuation of Arkansas City this year will be $6,401,454.
Article goes on to compare 1918 with 1922.
[TRADERS STATE BANK PATRONS DELAY CLAIMS.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
E. H. Armstrong, bank examiner in charge of the settlement of the Traders' State Bank affairs, reports that the bank's patrons continue to be slow about making their claims.
"I cannot understand why the patrons do not come in and make their claims," he said. "I am anxious to get the bank's affairs settled up as early as possible, and the sooner all claims are in, the greater will be the saving to the common creditors."
"Since the last published report, there have been about 1,000 claimants who have reported, covering a period of two weeks. This makes about 3,000 claimants who have reported, out of a total of 6,000 patrons.
"In the bank's vaults are great stacks of valuable papers, placed there by the bank's customers for safe keeping. These papers include abstracts, deeds, mortgages, oil leases, wills, and tax receipts, which the owners have not called for.
"We have sent out a great many cards and the force was busy Saturday mailing out cards to savings account depositors. The newspaper publicity and these cards have helped to bring them in to some extent, but they continue to come slow.
"Everybody who had an account of any kind at the bank, or who had a safety deposit box, or valuable papers placed with the bank for safe keeping should call at the bank and make their claims."
Mr. Armstrong said the bank would be closed at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon until Monday morning, and that all people having any claims against the bank are urged to come in at once and present them.
[MRS. SOLLARS SEES LOVER, E. A. MORRIS, JAILED IN ARKANSAS CITY.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Disillusioned and with a romance of a few days wilted and dead, pretty Mrs. Margaret Sollars, 22, returned to her home in El Dorado, with her three-year-old boy, last night, after having her lover torn from her and sent to the county jail for 60 days on the charge of passing bogus checks.
E. A. Morris, 28, had eloped with Margaret, promising to marry her, she told the police. He was nabbed at the Peoples store while trying to pass a bad check to buy finery for her.
"I loved him to distraction," Margaret declared to the officers, "and I had faith in his promise to make me his wife. He was awful good to me, and was buying me some pretty clothes. I am a wiser woman, and I am going back home to stay there this time. His siren voice captured my heart, and I still care for him. But, of course, I can't marry a man who is in jail, can I?" she asked the police.
Morris, a suave southerner from Birmingham, Alabama, said, "I played the game of love and lost, but I am going to reform and when I came out of jail I'll go straight and try to win Margaret back."
The romance between Morris and Mrs. Sollars began in an El Dorado dance hall about a week ago.
Morris was arrested Saturday by Policeman J. W. White, on a report turned in by Dohrer's shoe store that he was passing bad checks. It developed that he had passed checks at Devlin's store, one for $33.45 and one for $14.00, one at Kuntz gents furnishing store for $10.00. After Dohrer's had called the El Dorado bank and found that Morrris had never had any money in the bank, they stopped Policeman White, who was passing, and told him the details. White immediately went after him and found him at the Peoples Store giving them a check for $3.00.
The Provident Association paid Mrs. Sollars' and son's bill at the local hotel and bought their tickets home.
[FRAUDULENT CHECKS: CHECKS STOLEN FROM PRAIRIE OIL & GAS CO.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
Secretary Seyster of the Chamber of Commerce has received a warning to look out for fraudulent checks on the Prairie Oil and Gas company. One has already been passed in this city.
Recently a bunch of Prairie Oil and Gas checks numbered from 467 to 500 inclusive, and 600 to 700 inclusive, have been stolen from the company's offices. A check protector was stolen at the same time as the checks, and on checks already passed, the "Prairie P. L." precedes the amount. The checks that have been drawn already have been drawn on the First National Bank, Cleveland, Okla., using the name of Houtch and Guy A. Busch.
If anyone attempts to pass a check of this description, you should call police headquar ters, phone 106.
[IMPERIAL WELDING & BOILER COMPANY - 522-4 SOUTH SUMMIT STREET]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
Heavy welding jobs and boiler plate rolling will be done in this city in the near future, according to plans now being put into effect by the Imperial Welding & Boiler company.
For this purpose the company's building at 522-4 South Summit Street is being remodeled. In addition to raising the roof and building up the side walls, a cement floor is to be put in. This is being done to accommodate the new machinery that will be installed, some of which machinery is already here.
What is known as a free heating furnace will be put in, which burns charcoal and gas. "Most of the heavy shaft welding has been going to San Antonio, Texas, while Coffeyville and Tulsa have been getting the larger share of the boiler rolling," said the company's local manager, George P. Covell, this morning.
"We are putting in a plant for the purpose of keeping this class of work in Arkansas City. Only recently a heavy crank shaft job for a local oil company went to San Antonio, and the job cost the company close to $400. We could have done the same job for about $300 and made money on it." stated Mr. Covell.
As soon as the new machinery is installed, the Imperial Welding & Boiler company will be in a position to take care of the demands of all the oil companies operating in this territory, and will keep hundreds of dollars here that would otherwise continue to go to distant points. No nearby city, including Wichita, has anything that will handle the class of work that can be done here when this local plant gets in operation.
[CONDUCTED TOUR OF OIL TOWNS.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
If the weather and road conditions will permit, next Thursday there will be a "conducted tour" to Newkirk, Kaw City, Apperson, Whizbang, Shidler, and Grainola, and back to Arkansas City, starting at 9 a.m. There will be a fifteen minute stop at Newkirk; Kaw City, dinner; Apperson, thirty minutes; Whizbang, thirty minutes; Shidler, forty-five minutes; Grainola, fifteen minutes; back to Arkansas City by way of Falls City and Maple City. This trip is free to all businessmen of Arkansas City. There are a lot of them who need to get personally acquainted with this territory, and see the wonderful developments in the oil fields east of Arkansas City.
[SOME ITEMS COVERED AT CITY COMMISSION MEETING.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
Milk Producers Upset over proposed State regulation relative to Bacterial Testing.
The local dairymen and milk producers who dispose of their product in this city are considerably stilled up about an alleged proposal on the part of the creamery interests to introduce what is known as the bacterial test in this state.
This matter was discussed to a considerable extent at the city commissioners' meeting this morning, at which time there were a number of local milk producers present as well as the dairy sanitary inspector, Dr. J. F. Jones.
"If this regulation is passed in Kansas, it will put the small dairymen, and milk producers who handle milk as a side line, out of business." declared Dr. Jones.
Furthermore, there seems to be an effort to have Dr. Jones removed from his office as livestock sanitary inspector, according to his statements before the commissioners...he blamed the creamery interests...gave an example of milk testing variances between the local creamery, himself, and under state auspices at Manhattan.
Dr. Jones stated Dairymen DeBard and Harp had brought milk to him to be tested, and he found a greater percent of butter fat than that showed by the test given at the cream ery...the same milk was also tested at Manhattan, and conformed with the test he made.
Dr. Jones stated: "I have tried to do my duty to all parties, but the creameries are not satisfied with a fair test. They don't want a fair test. This bacterial test is absolutely not necessary and will in no way benefit the public. It is a plan to get a monopoly on the milk business. I will show you why it will put the little dairymen and farmer producers out of business. To meet the demands of the proposed bacterial test, the producers would have to install refrigerating plants in order to keep the milk at a certain temperature, which they could not possibly do. Besides nothing would be accomplished except a monopoly of the creamery interests. All that is necessary is our present sanitation, which is rigidly enforced, and which includes test for tuberculosis. Bacteria is an element inherent in milk and is necessary. When the producer milks his cows, he rapidly cools the milk to 0 degrees fahrenheit. It is filtered through absorbent cotton and the bottles are packed in ice on the wagons and covered with canvas to keep any dirt or dust from settling on the tops. The vessels are properly scalded. But the first essential is to keep the herds healthy. This we know by careful inspection."
The major asked, "Where do you get your information about this proposed regulation?"
One of the milkmen replied: "Not so long ago we woke up suddenly to find that we could not sell our cream to restaurants, candy kitchens, and cold drink places because without our knowledge a law had been put through by the creamery interests making it necessary that cream be pasteurized before being made into ice cream. We are not on the inside but we are on our guard. We know that such a move is on foot and we propose to expose it and throttle it if possible knowing that it will put us out of business if it goes into effect."
Dr. Jones said: "Pasteurization unless very carefully done does not accomplish the purpose for which it is intended. But if cream can be sold to restaurants and public places for use in its raw state, wouldn't that cream be just as healthful after it was converted into ice cream?"
The above was pointed out to show the unfairness and purpose of past legislation. Dr. Jones is positive in his declarations that the bacterial test is the method to be adopted to form a milk monopoly.
A. DeBard, a local dairyman, confirmed the doctor's statements with reference to having his milk tested both here and at Manhattan. R. E. Harp, another dairyman, also spoke and said Dr. Jones was absolutely right: that he had been fair. He thought that local dairying ought to be encouraged to the greatest possible extent and read a clipping from a newspaper showing how the dairy business had kept the state of Wisconsin on its feet so that it had only had two bank failures over a period of a number of years and this soundness of the state's financial condition was attributed to no small extent to its high state of dairy development.
No action was taken by the commissioners at this meeting as no ordinance had been offered or proposed, but the open discussion was entered into with much interest; and it is evident the milk producers do not propose to be caught off guard in this matter. In the course of the discussion, it was brought out that the bacterial test has been made into a law in some states, and according to statements made at this meeting, milk is selling at 20 cents a quart in those states.
A contract for concessions at Paris Park to Harris & Harris, was read by City Attorney L. C. Brown. According to the terms of the contract Harris & Harris are to pay the city $50 for the right to operate a check stand for bathing suit, cold drink stands, and to have the use of the pavilion when not in use for other purposes, ten percent of the proceeds from the pavilion to go to the city. The mayor and city clerk were authorized to sign up the contract.
The News was awarded the city printing by motion of L. A. Sturtz on the grounds that it was the lowest bidder. The bid was 3 cents per 8-point line for all legal publications for the first insertion and 2 1-2 cents per line for each subsequent insertion. The Traveler bid was 3 ½ cents per line.
J. M. Fox asked permission to operate a cold drink stand at the corner of Madison Avenue and Second Street. This was referred to the mayor to act upon at his discretion.
Ol Paris stated that the Henneberry boys were desirous of securing the Newman park at the south end of Summit Street, on the west side of the road, for a baseball park, their intention being to put the grounds in shape and build a grandstand. Mr. Paris' request was granted, and a lease for one year at $1 is to be drawn up accordingly.
On the recommendation of Commissioner Thompson, a motion to purchase two lots of Myron Bell to fill out a tract of four lots at a price of $400 was adopted. The lots are located on the north side of Central Avenue between Fifth and Sixth strets, and it is Mr. Thompson's purpose as street commissioner to have a house built on these lots for storage purposes, so that the implements and machinery used in street work may be kept under cover and locked up.
OTHER MATTERS WERE DISCUSSED...I SKIPPED!
[COOLING SYSTEM IN CITY HALL.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
Fred Lawhon, the city plumbing inspector, has recently worked over the cooling system in the city building. The large ice box, located in the police station, is of his construction. The box is provided with a plentiful supply of cooling pipes, with ice space sufficiently large to accommodate a full sized cake of ice. The water passes through these coils into the pipes leading to the drinking fountains in the building, providing the best of ice cold water.
[CAPT. M. N. SINNOTT, CITY CLERK, REMODELING RESIDENCE.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
Capt. M. N. Sinnott, the city clerk, is moving out of his residence at 219 North Third Street, across the street to another of his houses, where he and his family will reside while their present residence is being remodeled. Fred Ball has the remodeling contract. The house is to be converted into a two-story building, and with the exception of the kitchen, will practically be rebuilt throughout. It will have eight rooms, besides bathroom and two toilets, one upstairs and one on the first floor. The improvement will cost approximately $4,000.
[CREIGHTON CASES TOMORROW.]
MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
Four different suits filed against Victor E. Creighton are set for a preliminary hearing in the local justice courts tomorrow. Two of them are in Justice W. T. Ham's court and the other two are in Justice J. W. Martin's court. They are all set for 9 o'clock in the morning. It is understood that Mr. Creighton's attorney, W. L. Cunningham, will be of necessity in the federal court at Wichita tomorrow, and it is thought these cases are very likely to be continued for that reason.
APPEARED IN TRAVELER MONDAY, MAY 8, 1922
Eureka, Kans., May 7.George A. Gordon, 102 years old, says the greatest adventure in his life was a trip during which a stampeding herd of buffalo charged a tree in which he had taken refuge.
"Alone," said Mr. Gordon, in telling the story, "far from civilization, dismounted, in a hostile Indian country, with my last bullet in my rifle, I was in a position in which a braver man than I might have despaired. The center of the immense herd struck my clump of trees and the animals were heaped up by the pressure of the stampdede until those on top of the struggling pile were higher than the fork of the tree in which I crouched. It appeared that in a few minutes that pile would engulf me. In any case it seemed certain that the horse that I had left near the tree would be destroyed.
"It happened in 1846, when I was twenty-six years old. In those days adventure ran in the blood of men young and old. I had been a resident of Newton, Illinois, but had joined a party which had no particular purpose except adventures in the wilderness beyond the Missouri river, and had set out across the plains and down the Red River country of Texas. Of my companions two were grizzled French Canadian hunters and trappers from the northwest; two were natives of Arkansas. I met them by accident on the eve of their departure for the plains, and one of the Canadians offered to lend me his rifle if I would join them. They were mounted and ready to start for their camp. In less than fifteen minutes I had joined them.
"We carried no commissary kit, and when we had reached buffalo country lived almost entirely on fresh buffalo meat. One day in Texas I became separated from my companions. I was puzzled by a sound like the buzzing of bees, though there were no winged insects there on the open plain. When the roar became deafening, I knew the sound was caused by approaching buffalo, and made for the elmproof trees that I have mentioned.
"When the buffalo had come within about 100 feet, those in front for a width of about forty or fifty feet saw my horse and attempted to halt, but in the twinkle of an eye, they were overwhelmed by the pressure from behind. One who has seen railroad cars piled up after a wreck can imagine how the buffalo were heaped up. But this did not in the least check the progress of the great host, for they swept by me on either side like a great torrent. It did, however, make an open place for my horse.
"I could now enjoy a spectacle which I fancied neither white man or Indian had ever before seen. The front rank as they passed was as straight as a regiment of soldiers on dress parade. The regularity of their movement was as admirable as though they had been trained to keep step.
"But as I was gazing on this magnificent scene, the open space had grown narrower, and I was alarmed to see how close the animals were getting to my horse. The buffalo were constantly dropping from the big pile into the open space, and though they were doing their best by crowding to keep a respectable distance from my horse, their efforts availed little and the lane was rapidly filling up. I now could have lashed the buffalo on either side with a buggy whip, and the heap itself was approaching me. If the open space filled up, my horse would be lost.
Imagine my relief when I observed the herd had greatly lessened; and after fifty-five minutes of alternate terror and pleasure, it had passed. Numerous small bands followed."
Shortly afterwards, Mr. Gordon found his companions and ultimately returned home in safety.
[FRANK KETCH, MURDER CHARGE PENDING, MADE DESK SERGEANT.]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
With a charge of second degree murder pending against him in district court, Frank Ketch has been reinstated on the police force.
Ketch shot Everett Snodgrass, 23, overseas man, Saturday night, April 22, in a raid on the Tom Adams home at 222 Norrth Eight street. Snodgrass died the following Monday.
Ketch was suspended by Mayor McIntosh after the murder charge was preferred against him by Deputy County Attorney Quier. He was bound over by Justice Ham.
Ketch is now acting as night desk sergeant at the police station.
"Has he the authority of a policeman, the same as all desk sergeants in other cities?" Mayor McIntosh was asked.
"Yes," the mayor said. "In every city the desk sergeant has the same authority as any member of the force, under the law, and is authorized to participate in a raid to make arrests."
"How did you happen to appoint him to that position with a murder charge pending against him?" the mayor was asked.
"I have no reason for keeping him out. He has never been convicted." was the reply.
"Does he have authority to carry a gun and make arrests?" the mayor was asked. "Nothing was said about that," McIntosh said, "but I suppose if anything came up which required his services away from the desk, as a police officer he would have the right to act as regular police officer."
Mayor McIntosh declared after the shooting that he did not believe Ketch would have fired at Snodgrass unless he was justified and felt that it was necessary to protect his own life.
[BRAYMER MANUFACTURING COMPANY - BANKRUPT.]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
Justice W. T. Ham has received an order from Judge Pollock of the federal court at Wichita to stop the sale of a couple of automobiles by the Braymer Manufacturing company, as Braymer had been adjudged a bankrupt.
NOTE: TRAVELER GOOFED! SEE ARTICLE ON MAY 10TH WITH CORRECTION.
[DR. MORGAN MOVES TO HOUSE FORMERLY OWNED BY VIRGIL LaSARGE.]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
Dr. Morgan has moved to his new home, 925 North First Street, which originally belonged to Virgil LaSarge.
[LOCAL A. A. T. A. OFFICE CLOSES.]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
Manager J. J. Bradfield of the local district office of the Anti-Automobile Thief association has announced the office here will be closed after this week. Business of members here will be handled through the home office at Wichita. Mr. Bradfield gave as the reason for closing the local office that not sufficient interest has been taken in the association here, and not enough business has been done to pay expenses.
[PEOPLES STORE OPENS AN OPEN-AIR VEGETABLE MARKET.]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
The Peoples store has made a new departure in merchandising which is attracting attention. It has opened at the north door of its building, on Washington Avenue, a vegetable market, and it is proving to be an appreciated innovation.
At this open-air vegetable market, this store buys vegetables and sells them at retail and wholesale. Purchasers desiring vegetables are pleased with the fact that the vegetables are placed on display in the open air where they can see them and make their selection.
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
According to one of the local clothiers, the prices on straw hats are much lower than the prices of last year. Hats that sold for $6 will sell this year for $4; those that sold for $3.50 will sell for $2 and $2,50, and the more expensive genuine panama that sold for $10 will sell this year for $7.50. The most popular styles will be the Sennit, commonly known as the sailor hat, which with the split straw has the popular dimension of 3 ½ by 2-1/8. The popular hat in the lightweight wear will be the Toyo Panama and the Balibuntal imported straw, the latter being of exceptionally light material.
The width of the bands vary a little, but the popular dimensions are 2 3-8 by 2 1-8; 3 1-4 by 2 1-8; 3 3-8 by 2, and 3 ½ by 2 3-8.
[ARMSTRONG, EXAMINER, TAKING TRADERS STATE CLAIMS TO TOPEKA.]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
When E. H. Armstrong, who is in charge of the Traders State bank affairs, goes to Topeka Wednesday evening, he is going to take with him all the claims that have been made by the bank's patrons up to that time.
Mr. Armstrong does not know just when the certificates will be issued on these claims. But all depositors will get dollar for dollar. "Time deposits will draw interest at the rate of 6 percent from the date of their time certificates; checking accounts will draw interest at the rate of 4 percent from the time the bank closed; and savings accounts will draw interest at the rate of 3 percent from the time the bank closed." stated Mr. Armstrong.
According to news coming from sources outside of Arkansas City, the Traders State bank case will be assigned to the attorney general and will be placed in the hands of Assistant Attorney General Griffith.
It will be the mission of the assistant attorney general to assist the county attorney of this county in prosecuting the case against the bank, Mr. Armstrong stated.
All claimants are urged to get their claims in before Mr. Armstrong goes to Topeka Wednesday night.
[CUNNINGHAM WINS FOR HILL-HOWARD MOTOR CO. VS. INSURANCE CO.]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
A somewhat complicated and interesting case has been decided in the supreme court of the state of Kansas. That was the case of the Hill-Howard Motor company, appellee vs. the North River Insurance company, appellant. The appeal was taken from Cowley County district court with O. P. Fuller, presiding judge.
Some time ago the Hill-Howard Motor company sold a second-hand car to a man who represented himself to be Ben Cole, Santa Fe mechanic. Ben Cole was a reputable mechanic and a substantial one. He was a member of the boiler makers union, employed by the Santa Fe railroad, and had money in the bank. A man who gave the name of Montgomery, stopped at the same boarding house where Ben Cole was staying, and was put in his room to sleep. This man robbed Mr. Cole of his union card and his bank book.
He afterwards went to the Hill-Howard Motor company garage and purchased a second- hand automobile. Montgomery represented that he was Ben Cole and said he wanted to make his payments on the automobile on the installment plan. Montgomery gave his name as Cole, showed his union card and check book, and convinced the Hill-Howard company that he was Ben Cole. The firm took all the precautions it could think of at the time of the transaction, telephoning the bank and asking if the check of Ben Cole was good, and was informed that it was. After the bank was closed for the day, Montgomery concluded his contract for the second-hand car, gave a check for $100.00, and signed the name of Ben Cole. He took the car and disappeared, and has never been seen since, and neither has the car been recovered.
The car was insured against theft by the North River Insurance company, and the firm of Hill-Howard company made demand on the company for the insurance on the grounds that the car was stolen. The case was fought through the district court of this county, and a verdict was given in favor of Hill-Howard company. The insurance company appealed, and now the supreme court has affirmed the decision of Judge Fuller.
The opinion was written by J. Dawson and the ruling was made under a contract of insurance issued to protect a dealer against thefts, robberies, or pilferage, the act of a swindler who deprives the insured of an automobile by means of a preconceived plan which involves impersonation, misrepresentation, and fraud was a species of theft for which the insurance company was liable. The prevailing rule whether involving false pretense or other fraudulent tricks or device whereby an owner of property is swindled out of it with the preconceived intent of the swindler not to pay for it, is classed as larceny and is punished accordingly. It was proven that the man represented himself to be Ben Cole and swindled the firm out of its automobile on this representation. Consequently, the court rendered a decision in favor of the Hill-Howard Motor company. The case has been a hard fought one, but the courts have sustained the plaintiff in its contention.
W. L. Cunningham was the attorney for the Hill-Howard Motor company and his winning of the case was a big victory.
[J. M. TUCKER...IS THIS OUR TUCKER?]
TUESDAY, May 9, 1922
Lulu Adams was arrested on complaint of J. M. Tucker yesterday on a charge of disturbing the peace. She gave bond in the sum of $50.00 to appear in police court at 5 o'clock this evening.
[BATTERY F...WORK ON ARMORY DELAYED.]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
The battery equipment continues to come in, and Capt. Oliverson is up against the proposition of taking care of it until the armory is ready for use. The latest shipment consists of engineer and signal equipment, and harness, saddles, and blankets. Work on the armory has been delayed awaiting the arrival of a shipment of a carload of lumber from Fort Riley. Mr. Oliverson states that this car has now been shipped out and is expected to arrive within a day or two, after which the work on the building is to be pushed right along.
[PARIS PARK TOURIST PARK]
TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1922
Yes, Sir, we are going to have one and a good one. It will be in connection with Paris park. Paris park has many attractions and conveniences to offer to tourists. Bathing beach, comfort station, swings, convenient to business portion of city, electric lighted, city water, police protection.Chamber Bulletin.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1922 - FRONT PAGE
Symetrical sirens in silk and satin against a silhouette of shimmering sheen of sky and surf, have opened the bathing season at Paris Lake, on West Fifth avenue.
With the advent of the bathing girls on the beach, comes the young men in close pursuit of the joy the lake affords from a plunge in its cooling waters on a warm day. However, the crowd is not expected to be augmented to any considerable extent until Old Sol blazes forth with all his glory and stays on the job.
The lake is centrally located, and fed throughout the summer by fresh water from the river, and a large overflow to carry off the waste water. No stangnant water there to breed fever. It has springing boards for the divers and seats along the beach for the sightseers, clean, white sand on the beach for the children to play in, with no fear of them stepping into holes along the edge, for the lake has a sanded bottom which slopes very gradually to the center.
[BATTERY F PLANS UNIQUE CELEBRATION]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1922
W. B. Oliverson, commander of the local American Legion post, has a plan for a Fourth of July celebration in this city this year which he is going to endeavor to put over through the Chamber of Commerce and other organizations in conjunction with the American Legion. The plan offers something entirely different in the way of a Fourth of July celebration.
Commander Oliversons' plan is to convert Athletic park into soldiers' camp for that day and make it a regular camp field day. By reason of the fact that Arkansas City has a field battery, this can be done with little trouble and at small expense. The tents for the battery have been shipped and these can all be pitched on the athletic field. Regular army sports such as boxing, wrestling, musical entertainments, and various contests would afford amusement for the occasion.
Of course, the details have not been worked out, but the general plan, it is thought, would be very appropriate to the occasion, and would give Arkansas City a new kind of celebration for Independence day that would be sure to attract wide
Commander Oliverson is now working on the proposition and developments will be awaited with much interest. One of the objects to be sought by the proper observation of the day is to bring the crowds here instead of the people here going to other points as has been the case for the past few years.
[H. H. HAMILTON WANTS LIVESTOCK MARKET IN ARKANSAS CITY.]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1922
H. H. Hamilton, of 923 North Fourth Street, who for several years was proprietor of the Chicago store of this city, has been away from home most of the time since selling the store, operating as a livestock buyer over a wide range of territory in Kansas and Oklahoma.
In his opinion Arkansas City could be made a livestock market of much importance. He believes that capital can be interested to make this a livestock market after a study of the situation in Arkansas City and surrounding territory.
[CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/TWO YEAR COLLEGE/PARK BOARD/RADIO]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1922
Shall Arkansas City have a school that will comprise a two years' preparatory college course?
That was the most important question that came up for discussion at the Chamber of Commerce last night. It is proposed to establish such a school in connection with the city schools when the new school building has been completed, which with the manual training school, will represent an investment of about $250,000. The building facilities, it is claimed, would be amply adequate for the establishment of a college preparatory course. It would only take a small additional tax levy to put the proposition over.
Numerous advantages of such a school were discussed. An important advantage would be that it would keep our young people at home with their parents two years longer at a period of their lives when it is a good idea for fathers and mothers to be around. It would also act as an incentive for young people who had finished the two years' course to enter a college for another two years' period and thus complete a four years' college course.
It was claimed it would bring students here from many surrounding towns which have high schools, making a college preparatory center for a wide radius around this city, including such towns as Sedan, Cedarvale, Newkirk, Ponca City, Oxford, Mulvane, Burden, and many smaller places. Credits in this school would be good for colleges located either in Kansas or Oklahoma.
President R. A. Brown was authorized to appoint a committee to investigate the proposition fully, and make report at the next meeting.
Secretary Seyster gave the garbage committee report. This committee was appointed to make an investigation as to the best method to handle and dispose of the garbage that is picked up from the residences, business places, and streets of the city. The committee found conditions different from what had been anticipated; consequently, no report was made as they are still working on this.
The work of the Tourist Park Committee has been completed to the extent that the tourist park is an established fact, but some conveniences are yet to be added. A kitchenette is proposed, also the furnishing of gas by a coin meter, by which a nickel would probably more than cook a meal.
A committee has been appointed to confer with the city commissioners with reference to creating a park board for this city. Members of this committee have approached the commissioners as individuals but not as a committee, and report that the commissioners are favorable to the proposition.
At present the parks are under the supervision of the mayor. The Kansas law requires that cities of the first class must have a park board, while cities of the second class, like Arkansas City, may have such a board. It is considered very likely that this matter will be worked out and a park board created.
AVIATION FIELD REPORT PUT IN AVIATION SECTION.
The question of a radio sending station for this city was discussed at some length and the president was authorized to appoint a committee to investigate the feasibility of a sending station, costs, etc., and report at the next meeting. Roy Ranney was made the chairman of this committee and the other two members appointed are Chas. Spencer and Foss Farrar.
In connection with the tourist park committee's report, Secretary Seyster stated that signs are now being painted to be placed on the highways leading into this city advertising the park, and will be put up in about a week or ten days.
[IT IS OUR J. M. TUCKER WHO FILED COMPLAINT--LULU ADAMS]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1922
NOTE: ABOUT THIS TIME THEY BEGAN A COLUMN CALLED "Howdy Judge" WHICH HANDLES POLICE COURT ITEMS IN ARKANSAS CITY.
A case in police court last evening was the means which prompted a suggestion on the part of the city attorney, L. C. Brown, that will probably be put into effect at once. That is when a complaint is filed and the prosecuting witness fails to appear, he should be taxed the costs of the case.
In the case which came up last evening, J. M. Tucker, who has figured much in our courts, filed a complaint against Lulu Adams, alleging that she had disturbed his peace. According to the statement made by Mrs. Adams, he had made this complaint because he thought she had turned him in to the officers, which charge she denied.
There has lately been a number of cases where the prosecuting witness has failed to appear. Such cases necessarily have to be dismissed, nothing is accomplished, and the city put to extra expense. The city attorney's recommendation was to correct this abuse and save the city some money.
[CORRECTION BY PAPER RE BRAYMER BANKRUPTCY.]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1922
The Traveler of yesterday contained a court item stating that Judge Ham had received an order from Judge Pollock of the federal court of Wichita, to stop the sale of a couple of automobiles of the Braymer Manufacturing company, as Braymer had been adjudged a bankrupt.
The order has no reference to the Braymer Manufacturing company at all. This statement was absolutely incorrect. The order referred to H. E. Braymer, who has no connection with the Braymer Manufacturing company. Mr. Braymer has been adjudged a bankrupt, notice of which appears in the paper today. The Braymer Manufacturing company is not bothered with any financial difficulties, and the report that the company was mixed up in any bankrupt proceedings, is incorrect.
[WALTER MATTHEWS, DRUNK/AUTO ACCIDENT, TUBBE A PASSENGER.]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1922
Walter Matthews was arrested this afternoon on complaint of several witnesses signed by Deputy County Attorney C. H. Quier, charging him with drunkenness. While under the influence of liquor yesterday afternoon he overturned his new Essex coach on the East Chestnut avenue road about a block and a half east of the Santa Fe railroad tracks.
About this time the Makey funeral procession was on its way to the cemetery east of the city, while Matthews was driving west coming into town. A number of people saw Matthews and his overturned car. Some of the witnesses say that he was not only drunken but abusive, and took occasion to use abusive language against the city administration. The car had a couple of fenders mashed and the top damaged.
It is reported that George Tubbe was in the car with Matthews. No one was hurt.
Matthews was brought into Justice J. W. Martin's court this afternoon and gave bond of $500.00 to appear in court May 17.
[J. E. BROOKS, COLORED, RECEIVER OF NARCOTICS, TAKEN TO WICHITA.]
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 1922
J. E. Brooks, the colored man, who was being held here for receiving narcotics through the mail, was taken to Wichita by Deputy U. S. Marshal C. F. J. Ohrvall of Wichita.
There are several federal charges against him in connection with this narcotic case, and he will be tried in the federal court at Wichita.
[KU KLUX KLAN??? AT BLACKWELL? EXODUS OF ALL NEGROES.]
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Blackwell, May 11.Four hours before a mass meeting of citizens was to have been held at the municipal pavilion to decide whether negroes were to be requested to leave Blackwell, the secretary of the commercial club made a public announcement yesterday afternoon that all negroes save one had agreed to leave the city at 4 o'clock this afternoon.
THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1922
Fred Beeson went to Pawhuska last night where he will take part in the big roping contest to be held there Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. He took with him his sorrel horse, which all the old timers in this section know well. Mr. Beeson has already attended roping contests at Ft. Worth, El Paso, and Wichita Falls. He took money in all the contests he appeared in. At Wichita Falls he had poor luck. He won first money the first day and that was all.
[MRS. AIMEE SAMPLE [?] McPHERSON COMING TO A. C.]
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
Mrs. McPherson Produced Sensation at Wichita Last Night.
A party of Arkansas City people, Rev. J. J. Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Carleton, Mrs. W. H. Lonnekohl, Mrs. W. H. Lusk, Mrs. Ray Williams, and Mrs. W. M. Gardner attending the meeting of Mrs. Aimee Sample McPherson, the healer, in Wichita last night. The party reports some wonderful scenes and some marvelous cures. Mrs. Lusk has been in Wichita since Tuesday and told the others from here of the wonderful cures she had witnessed. The chamber of commerce and other civic organizations are being urged to get her to come to Arkansas City to hold two meetings here on the date that the forum at Wichita will not be available.
A big scene at Wichita last night was when the gypsies Chief Mark Dewey with his wife and tribe went on the platform. The members of the tribe present numbered about 200. The chief and others were healed at one of Mrs. McPherson's Denver meetings.
"A young gypsy girl carried to the platform lame last night, ran off," one of the party, Mrs. Wm. Gardner, said. "Another girl whose arm hung by her side helpless left the platform with her arm cured.
"A gypsy man who was lame in his feet was cured and almost danced for joy when he came off the platform.
"Since the cure of the gypsy chief there has been quite a revival among the gypsies all over the country, and the different gypsy tribes know where Mrs. McPherson is, follow her from the Atlantic to the Pacific." continued Mrs. Gardner.
Mrs. Gardner stated the following.
"It was a wonderful sight last night to see all these people so much in earnest. A chief of the Miller gypsy tribe who was on the platform gave $500 to put a window in the new tabernacle being built for Mrs. McPherson's meetings in California. This tabernacle is to be dedicated on the first of January. Many of the gypsies gave $25 each to be used in this new building.
"Yesterday those gypsies brought beautiful potted and cut flowers to decorate the platform from end to the other. The gypsies made a beautiful adornment with their gifts."
Continuing, Mrs. Gardner said: "A wonderful cure was the case of a Wichita minister who was cured of stammering speech. He has been handicapped for thirty-four years, and was cured yesterday. We saw him. He walked up the aisle to the platform and cried in agony that his handicap might be removed. He told us as he walked up there, he saw no one save Jesus only. He said, `I stand as a monument of God's healing. Praise God.' "Another wonderful cure yesterday was the case of a girl whose crutches were thrown aside. She had been a cripple for nine years and for some years past could only walk around the house with the help of crutches. She walked fifteen blocks yesterday.
"Another remarkable case was that of a woman with a goitre. She left the platform with a hollow in her neck where the goitre had been. On Sabbath evening she will tell her story of her life and one of the newspapers in Wichita is preparing to broadcast it from the Forum by radio."
NOTE: I AM SURE THAT SEMPLE IS CORRECT; NOT SAMPLE.
BOY! WAS MRS. W. M. GARDNER EVER FOOLED!
[MRS. SNODGRASS WANTS KETCH TO BE PROSECUTED.]
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
"My attention has been called to a statement that was published in the newspapers some few days ago, in which it was stated that I had requested that Mr. Ketch, who was charged with the murdering of my son, should come and see me, that I considered him blameless in the matter, and that I had also told the other officers that I did not want the case against him
"In the first place, I was so wrought up over the sudden taking away of my support and my beloved boy that I hardly knew what to say, but I emphatically deny having told any of the officers that I did not want this case prosecuted, or that I wanted to talk with Frank Ketch. I do not wish it to appear that I am revengeful. Such is not the case. I have only wished that the law would take its course. Since Mr. Ketch seems to have been reinstated in a manner, a great many people have talked with me about the matter and asked me if I wanted Mr. Ketch prosecuted, to which I replied that I did to the full extent of the law. Both myself and my friends have counseled some of the best lawyers in southern Kansas and we are informed that Mr. Ketch is guilty of murder and should be prosecuted.
"The gun in the hand of a fool is a toy. Life to him is a target, a flame; it flickers and is gone. He is unable to dissect the bad from the good; to him it is a game and a salary. Law is one of the vital forces of civilization and is practiced by some of the most ignorant and inhuman menmen who are incongruous and who fill the jail and penitentiary without thought of the future; and if men chosen to enforce the law could deliberately murder sons and go unpunished, then it is high time that mothers and conscientious citizens give up to the lawless element.
"This case will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if my friends and good people of this community will stand by me."
Respectfully.Margaret Snodgrass, mother of Everett Snodgrass.
[GOHAGIN AND MONTIEGLO CASE CONTINUED.]
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1922
The case of M. C. Gohagin and Frank Montieglo, charged with violation of the prohibitory law, which was set for 1 p.m. today in Justice W. T. Ham's court, was postponed until later in the day on account of the funeral of Mrs. Harry S. Brown.
The defendants were accused of operating a still about a mile and a half this side of Cameron. According to Justice Ham, it was understood they were to plead guilty and stand a fine of $100.00 and trimmings in connection with a thirty-day jail
[CHEYENNE BOTTOMS, ON THE ARKANSAS RIVER.]
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1922
First Meeting of Kind to be Held in Kansas, May 24-25.
A state conference of Chamber of Commerce executives from all parts of the state is called for a two-day meeting in Topeka May 25 and 26. Secretary Seyster says: "The call is sponsored by some ten or twelve chamber presidents in the state in association with the president of the Topeka chamber. It is the first time a meeting of this character has been called in Kansas. The object is to compare notes and see how the organized bodies in the various cities are functioning, to enable the men of one city to get in touch with the men of other cities, and to build up an acquaintance of the men who by virtue of their positions are called upon to be leaders in their respective communities, so that each may know `who is who' when anything comes up that is of common interest to the chamber bodies.
"The object is for state betterment as well as individual city betterment and to give each city the advantage of the best thought and experience that has been developed anywhere in the state. As an example, it is known the chamber leaders who prompted this meeting have in the air a proposition to improve what is known as the Cheyenne Bottoms, on the Arkansas river. A tract of land there, which is about ten miles in length and three to four miles wide, is lower than the Arkansas river bed. It is not a part of the river and has no drainage. In wet weather it contains water and is a lake, but it dries up in dry weather. It is proposed to convert this into a permanent lake, improve it, stock it with fish and wild birds, and make it a resort where Kansans can go for a vacation without any costs to those seeking recreation.
"Another object is to promote national parks and game reserves. Those are some of the objects outside of the regular chamber work which are for a general benefit to the state.
"The program is of such a character as to be worthy of particular attention and study by anyone who is interested in civic and social progress. Many of the names on the program represent the best talent in the state in the matter of civic advancement.
"The state secretaries, besides being participants in this conference, will also have a separate meeting of their organization at the same time and place."
The call for this meeting was issued today by Secretary O. B. Seyster of the Arkansas City chamber.
Mr. Seyster stated the following.
"There are some notable features on the program. J. M. Guild, of Kansas City, said to be one of the biggest men in the middle west in chamber matters, will speak from the standpoint of the chamber secretaries. V. M. Wiley, president of the Hutchinson chamber, will speak from the standpoint of the chamber
"An important discussion that will come will be the attitude of civic clubs towards the chamber body. This discussion will have a special bearing on such organizations as the Rotarians, Kiwanis, Lions, and other civic bodies."
[ISIS THEATRE TO GIVE RADIO CONCERTS.]
FRIDAY, MAY 12, 1922
"We'll soon be ready to give the public those radio concerts we promised them." stated W. B. Fulton of the Isis theatre today.
He further stated the following.
"I have gone to considerable expense equipping my theatre with a radio receiving set and thought I could hook up my outfit to the Magnavox belonging to the Fitch Music store and give concerts. I tried out the Magnavox, but it is not a radio magnavox, and would not work satisfactorily. I wrote to the manufacturers of the radio magnavox company at Oakland, California, to send me one and they stated it would be impossible to furnish one for several months because they are so far behind on orders. You know the radio craze has taken the country by storm, and every radio manufacturer is way behind on orders. However, I heard of a company at Oklahoma City, where they assemble radio Magnavoxes and wrote for one. They promised delivery in ten days. I hope they make good their promise for I am anxious for the public to hear my radio.
"I receive music concerts plainly every day through the head sets; but having only one headset, it would be impossible to give a public demonstration. With a radio Magnavox hooked up with my receiving set, the Isis patrons will get some real treats; and when Wichita and Kansas City get their sending sets in operation, we will receive a variety of entertainment from all over the country."
[MORE ON MRS. AIMEE SAMPLE [?] McPHERSON...TO BE IN A. C.]
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
All day long the telephone at the residence of Rev. and Mrs. William Gardner has been ringing with calls from the sick and interested people in the coming to Arkansas City of the "Miracle" woman, Mrs. Amiee Sample [WAY THE TRAVELER PRINTED IT] McPherson, from Wichita, where she is now causing great excitement by her marvelous and almost unbelievable cures.
Late yesterday a telegram was sent to Mrs. McPherson signed by the press, Chamber of Commerce, and civic organizations of the city urging her to come here for a meeting.
Her reply says:
"Mrs. McPherson joyfully accepts the invitation to come to Arkansas City. Tomorrrow she will be able to state the date. She wants a delegate to come to Wichita from Arkansas City to confer with her in regard to arrangements for the meeting."
Mrs. Gardner and the other people from here who saw the remarkable cures accom plished by Mrs. McPherson at Wichita a few days ago, rejoiced over the message. A delegate will be selected at a meeting of the Ministerial Alliance Monday to go to Wichita and arrange with Mrs. McPherson for her visit to Arkansas City.
"Will she do healing here?" Mrs. Gardner was asked.
Mrs. Gardner responded: "Undoubtedly she will. That is a part of her meetings. I am glad the people here will have the opportunity to see and hear her and witness her wonderful work."
Arrangements will be made for the meeting in Wilson park, the date to be announced later. The woman healer has been taking Wichita by storm. One woman with a large goitre walked upon the platform to bettreated and walked away with her affliction having entirely "melted" away. Cripples threw away their crutches! One preacher who had been bothered by stammering for years talked as well as anyone, and others suffering from various diseases declared they had been made well and strong by Mrs. McPherson.
In discussing the invitation to come here at Wichita, the mother of Mrs. McPherson said: "How could we resist an appeal like that? Just say that we are going."
"Why bless their dear hearts, Yes." added Mrs. McPherson, whose charm of personality is as great as her wonderful gift in healing the sick.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Carlton, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Gibson, and Mrs. G. W. Martin went to Wichita today to see Mrs. McPherson.
[MILLIKEN DEAL WITH KISTLER BROS. OFF/OTHERS NEGOTIATING]
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
According to the advice of H. M. Smyer, local agent of the Frisco, who has received word from E. C. Carter, general agent of the Frisco lines at Tulsa, the Kistler Brothers, who have been negotiating for a month or more for the Milliken refinery, will not take it over as has been confidently predicted and freely reported. The Kistler brothers have been attempting to secure control of the refinery here and have even visited St. Louis and taken the matter up with the Milliken interests there.
Ed Ryan and Tom Hanley, formerly superintendent and assistant superintendent of this refinery, under the Mid-Co people, have been attempting to assist in completing the negotiations so that Kistler brothers would be in charge, but according to the Frisco officials, they have definitely decided not to take over the plant here.
The people of this community will regret that a deal has not been made whereby this plant is put in operation. Our people are not particular who gets it just so someone gets it and will operate it.
J. H. Tyberendt, who has charge of the Milliken interests in this city and looks after the plant, said that he knew that nothing would come out of the negotiations by the Kistler broth ers with the Milliken interests at St. Louis.
However, he said that he had just received word from his employers to the effect that there are three other parties negotiating for the plant, and it was possible something might come out of it.
Mr. Tyberendt said that since the report had become prevalent that the refinery was going to start up soon, he has been flooded with calls by phone and overrun with visitors at the plant by people seeking work. He desired the Traveler to say that at this time there was no opportunity for any work at the refinery, and no excuse for putting on any more help at present, that they had all the help that was needed, and when the refinery was leased, sold, or re-opened for business, the people of this community would be notified that help was wanted, through an advertisement in the Daily Traveler.
Just at present Mr. Tyberendt did not think the prospect for an early opening of the refinery was very good, nothwithstanding there are negoiations pending as stated above. It is to be hoped that some of them will be consummated soon, and that the refinery will be put in operation very shortly as it means much to Arkansas City.
A representative of the Traveler met Khiro on the streets today and informed him of the situation at the refinery. Our readers will remember he predicted it would be in operation soon and in full operation by September 1st. Khiro was informed of the situation, and he said there was no use to worry, that his prediction would come true by the time he said it would, and when it does come, it will be of greater benefit to Arkansas City than the refinery has been heretofore.
NOTE: UP TO NOW, I HAVE SKIPPED ALL THE GARBAGE ABOUT KHIRO. HE REALLY HAD PEOPLE IN A. C. FOOLED!
Arkansas City Traveler, Saturday, May 6, 1922.
Amazing statements made by Dr. C. Khiro, psychologist, at the Fifth Avenue theatre in this city, led the Traveler to propound some questions of general interest, to the people of Arkansas City, to him today.
Dr. Khiro said that he arrived at his conclusions by being a student of psychology and conditions.
One question he said that had been asked of him by many people through the mail, was whether they should be benefitted by moving away from Arkansas City. His answer is that "the people who own property in and around Arkansas City should hold onto that property as they will find unsettled conditions from one end of the nation to the other. Unless in a case of a panic, which does not exist in Arkansas City, they would be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire, because property sold at this time would be at a loss, while property held until the national readjustment takes place, which is doing so, slow but sure, added together with the local improvements which are coming slow but sure, will give them a decided profit. If they sell now, it will be with loss and regrets, while if they wait six months or a year and then sell, it will give them a gain and satisfaction. Discontent is not confined to this city. It has swept over the country. I would advise the people now living in Arkansas City not to move away unless conditions compelled them to do so.
The other questions and answers follow.
QWhat does Arkansas City need most?
AArkansas City needs greater harmony with conditions, with the citizens at large, and above all to be a sticker, holding on. It needs absolute confidence to the business element. Arkansas City needs more industries because of its natural position here in southwestern Kansas, between Kansas and Oklahoma oil fields, and for which it is in a strategical position to handle. There should be smelters because Colorado is going to open up as never before. There should be tile and brick concerns and larger jobbing houses and oil and gas supplies because of the new field that will be opened north of Winfield, which will effect this entire community from a gas and oil standpoint. Especially should an effort be made to get oil manufacturing supplies here. Arkansas City has exceptional railroad facilities to appeal to jobbing interests and factories.
QWill Arkansas City ever be as large as Wichita or Oklahoma City and if so, why?
AIt will be as big as Wichita on account of its position and the natural developments which will take place in its near vicinity, in the next ten years, in development of oil and gas especially. Because of its facilities itt will make it an acceptable market.
QWhen will the Milliken refinery be running full blast again?
AWork will be done there within the next month. The main work will be started in September or the early part of October.
QIs Arkansas City a selfish town, and if so why?
AI find that it has a tendency in that direction, too little civic pride, and the citizens think more of individual selves and personal gain instead of the community at large.
QIs Arkansas City doing all it can for the development of its rising generation, both mentally and spiritually.
ANo. They want a larger community work, they need it here. There should be large community gatherings, a community night. Entertainments should be given monthly by the combined efforts of the lodges, women's clubs, churches, and all organizations. They should work and pull together, find out what is needed by the young people to keep them from the jazz and dance. One thing the young people lack is the proper spirit of community interest. There should be no denominational lines; it should be absolutely for the community. Community interests should be discussed together. Arkansas City lacks this.
QHas Arkansas City a live chamber of commerce?
AIts chamber of commerce is alive, but there are many features that they can add which other cities have. Trade should be brought in from other towns. There should be a trade day backed by the chamber of commerce and backed by the railroads. They should reach out and let Arkansas City be known not only in Kansas, but in outlying states. People within a radius of one hundred square miles should be brought here for trade day. Arkansas City is losing trade out of Oklahoma and Texas. Let them know what you have here, especially from a jobbing
QWhat are the prospects for Arkansas City the remainder of 1922?
AThe prospects are good, slow but sure. By September 1st things will begin to show up, and directly after the first of the year 1923 business will be on the move.
QWould the cash soldier bonus be beneficial to industry?
AYes. The money would be and personal needs, where so many of those out of work have nothing to spend and are going in debt. The bonus would be very beneficial.
QWhen will this city have a population of 15,000?
AThe loss in population will come back. It will take to the first of January 1925 to get back to where they were and to a population of 15,000. It will possibly exceed that.
QWhat do you think of the bootleg whiskey situation in this city?
AI find that it is bad. There seems to be an abundant supply of liquor. I do not know from what source it comes, unless it is from moonshine stills in the surrounding roads and hills. The county officers are doing all they can to enforce the laws, and make the town clean for the younger generation. I find a lack of cooperation of the people with the officers in helping to enforce the law.
QWould the city be benefitted by changing to the city manager form of government, and why?
AIt would, because the city manager is a specialist and he devotes his time to the city's interests, if the proper man is picked. The average mayor or city council have their own inter ests, which come first, and the city follows second. El Dorado and other nearby towns may be taken as an example to show how satisfactory it has proved to be. A city manager is one who devotes his entire time to the work. It would be useless to change to the city manager form of government unless the entire community as a whole, the business element, make up their mind to cooperate with him. It is merely a business proposition all the way through, to keep petty jealousies and local conditions out. The only drawback to the city manager form has been the community pulling against him. If a man is selected who has the confidence of the people and is allowed to operate the city's business, it will be successful.
QDoes a city that gives practically all of its time to industrial development instead of sandwiching in plans for beautifying the city with more attractive homes, lawns, play grounds, and parks, lose or gain in population?
AI find that it holds the industrial population only. Recreation and community plans for cleanliness and healthfulness are as necessary to the growth and prosperity of a community as its wheels of industry. Arkansas City especially needs an auditorium where conventions, lectures, etc., may be held. It lacks a commodious hall for such purposes.
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MORE, MORE TO COME...ON KHIRO.
BACKTRACKING FURTHER ON THIS DURNED KHIRO...
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 1922
The Fifth Avenue theatre was crowded to its fullest capacity last night by people who were anxious to see Khiro, the psychic wonder, whose engagement at this theatre includes tonight and Saturday night. Friday night is given over to the boxing match.
Khiro demonstrated his ability to entertain, educate, and mystify, at the performance last night. He demonstrates proper foods, physical culture, hydrotherapy treatments, and suggestive therapeutics.
Last night he demonstrated the power of mind over matter, and tonight he will present mental telepathy and the great cabinent seance. His slate writing sketch last night was said to be great. He is an exceedingly clever entertainer and hands out a lot of truth.
The performances are free to all.
NOTE: I BELIEVE THERE WAS ANOTHER ITEM ON THIS CHARACTER...IT SEEMS THAT A. C. PEOPLE FELL IN LOVE WITH HIM...WOULD LIKE TO KEEP HIM IN THE CITY, IF POSSIBLE.
[A. C. ICE PLANT: AMMONIA GAS CAUSED BLAST, KILLING TWO.]
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 1922 - FRONT PAGE.
The explosion at the A. C. Ice Plant at 4:20 yesterday afternoon, which caused the instant death of Levi Leach, 50, who resided at 825 Tyler Avenue, and W. S. Keltner, 51, who resided two miles north of town, is said to have been caused by congested ammonia, producing gas pressure in the receiving tank, and being set off by pounding on the tank with a sledge hammer.
Arthur H. LeStourgeon made the following statements.
"The accident was due to the ammonia receiver blowing up. The receiver was a piece of equipment which had been in service and under pressure for several years. It was a cast iron tank, the walls of which were three inches thick. The tank was made in two sections flanged so that they could be bolted together and a gasket was provided where the two halves were joined together. At various times the tank had developed a small leak where the two parts were joined together. The method of removing this was simply to tighten the bolts. This the two men were doing when the explosion came. The tools used to do this were a large wrench and a sledge hammer. This method had been used time and again to stop the leaks. It was noticed that a small leak had developed again yesterday, and the boys said they would look after it and fix it. They had been working on the job some little time when the explosion occurred.
"I attribute the explosion to the repeated use of the sledge hammer. I know of no other possible cause or explanation of the matter. There was a pressure of 165 pounds to the square inch at the time of the explosion, this being considered under normal. The normal pressure through the summer months is 210 pounds. That was the pressure used all last summer. At the time of installing the tank in the new plant, we had estimated its weight to be about 16 tons. At the time of the explosion, there was five to six inches of ammonia in the bottom of the tank.
"The damage to the plant is of very minor concern. Possibly there was $1,000 worth of ammonia in the tank. The structure of the building here was largely temporary, with a temporary roof. There was no insurance on this piece of equipment nor on the building.
"The operation of the plant has in no way been affected so far as supplying the trade with ice is concerned. There will be no ice made for a couple of days, but we had sufficient ice in storage to supply the demand until repairs are made and the plant again put in operation.
"We have a receiving tank to replace the one that was destroyed, which will be immediately installed.
"The damage to the plant is of little consequence, but the irreparable loss in the death of the two men." said Mr. Le Stourgeon sadly. "They were good men."
Dr. R. Claude Young, who was at the scene very shortly after the explosion occurred, stated, "Death was instantaneous." He examined the bodies of the two men. "Leach," said he, "was struck in the back of the head by a flying missile. Keltner was struck on the breast also by a flying missile. The clothes were blown from the bodies."
Keltner was blown from the tank to the east wall, a distance of about 25 feet, while Leach was blown towards the opening in the wall to the southeast, a distance of about twelve feet. On a board pointing toward the tank was some of Keltner's clothing.
The two men worked on different shifts. Keltner went on at 2 p.m. and worked till 12 midnight. Leach's shift started at 8 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m.
Various theories have been advanced as to the cause of the explosion. The plant foreman, Chas. A. Shuster, was non-communicative last night, and did not desire to talk for publica tion. However, as he walked away to look after his work, he remarked that "the explosion could be accounted for in three or four different ways."
"Was the explosion due to congestion or stoppage of circulation of ammonia?" Mr. Shuster was asked.
He replied, "No, absolutely not."
On this point Manager Le Stourgeon reiterated this morning his statement of last evening. He said, "There could be only one cause, and that was the use of the sledge hammer in tightening the bolts."
Harry Lightstone, a local chemist, verified the statement of Foreman Shuster, that there are three or four ways in which an over pressure could be produced in the receiving tank. He stated, "But even then, there might have been no explosion except for the vibrations produced by the pounding with a sledge hammer. Ammonia gas in the cooling pipes is always at a high pressure and also at a high temperature. Its high temperature is due to the fact that it absorbs the heat from the water. It also absorbs the heat from the pipes and leaves frozen ice on them. The theory of ammonia freezing is the absorption of the heat from the substance to be frozen. Ammonia gas is highly explosive, but it is not an explosive by combustion. Such an explosion leaves no indications of smoke or fire. While the plant is in process of manufacturing ice, the ammonia goes through a regular routine or circulation. Anything that would interfere with this process might produce conditions that would result in an explosion."
The ice plant attracted many visitors last night and today. The death of the two men was deeply deplored. Everybody living within a radius of a block or two of the ice plant was forced to temporarily vacate their premises on account of the ammonia fumes, and there were several near prostrations from this cause. According to reports, it was 15 to 20 minutes before the bodies of the dead men could be reached on account of the dense ammonia fumes in the building.
It was ascertained today that there were only two other men in the room when the explosion occurred. One was the foreman, Mr. Shuster, who had just passed the two men and had got about twenty-five feet away when the terrible blast came. Mr. Shuster said, "I was not knocked down, but was stunned."
The other man was at a remote corner of the large room with his back facing to the interior as he was just in the act of leaving the room. Neither of these two men was injured.
Mr. Le Stourgeon said, "The only insurance the company had in connection with this accident was the insurance for the men. This insurance was carried by the company in the Metropolitan Life Insurance company, of which company R. W. Stoeckler is the local agent. We carried what is known as industrial group life insurance. This insurance was put into effect at the time we moved into the new plant. Under the regulation of this company, the minimum that can be placed on an employee is $300 for the first year and after that the amount increases $200 each year. The insurance of each of the dead men, who were in their second year in the new plant, amounted to $500."
Leach had been in the employ of the company for fifteen years, and was chief engineer for the past ten years. He resided with his family at 825 Tyler Avenue. The home was a scene of sadness last evening. Shortly after the accident a number of friends had gathered to help comfort the grief stricken family. His wife, Addie, was so overwhelmed that it was impossible to comfort her. Besides the wife, there are two children: Clifford, 15, and Mrs. Norma Padgett, whose husband, Howard R. Padgett, is a clerk at the Palace grocery. Leach leaves a sister in Illinois, one in Colorado, and a sister and brother in Ne-braska. He was 50 years of age. Members of the family stated he had some insurance in the Benefit association and was also a member of the Moose lodge. He had resided here about 15 years, having come from Custer City, Oklahoma, where he married his wife. He had been in the employ of the ice company ever since moving here. He was an efficient and trusted employee, and a good citizen. He was a member of the Methodist church of this city.
Keltner was an engineer of twenty years experience, and had been on the job here about a year and a half, having moved to this city from Springfield, Mo. He lived with his family on Thurston Heights, two miles north of the city on the rock road. Besides his wife, Flora, he leaves ten children, five of whom are at home and five married. The children at home are Dora, 17, Ohman, 16, Elmer, 13, Mildred, 10, and Carl, 8. The married children are Mrs. Wm. A. Payne and Mrs. Everett Wolf, both of Arkansas City; Mrs. Robert Smith of Oxford, Kansas; Mrs. Bertha Forester and Mrs. Claude Keltner, both of Springfield, Mo.
Mrs. Payne's husband is an employee of the ice company and was at work pulling ice on the tank when the accident happened. Mrs. Everett Wolf is staying with her parents, her husband having gone to Springfield to look for work.
Mr. Keltner had $2,000 insurance in the Woodmen of the World lodge, and $1,000 in the Royal Highlanders. The family moved here three years ago the 13th of next June. The husband ws formerly employed at the Empire gasoline plant near their place of abode. He was 51 years of age, while his widow is 50.
"Give him a good write-up." tearfully requested a member of the family last evening.
Mr. LeStourgeon stated that both employees were mighty good men and that their loss is keenly felt.
The funeral services of Levi Leach, who was killed by an explosion at the A. C. Ice and Storage plant yesterday afternoon, will be held Monday at 2:30, at the Methodist church. Rev. Chas. Wentworth will conduct the services.