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As Published - August 1938

August 1938 (Vol. 7, No. 3), pages 332 to 335
Transcribed by lhn;
digitized with permission of the Kansas Historical Society.

Salina's school history was discussed by Mrs. Hugh Carlin, a former teacher, in the Salina Journal, November 2, 1937. M. L. Mitchell, now a Salina city commissioner, recalled his pioneer experiences in Salina when he taught school near a gambling den, and another time when he and Marshal Jerry Williams found twenty razors in the pockets of his school boys, in an article in the Journal, November 12. A sketch of the city's first school building, 1868-1874, was printed in the Journal, November 17.

Early-day Russell Springs was briefly discussed by Fred Cannon, former resident, in a letter published in the Logan County News, Winona, November 18, 1937.

Introduction of the telephone to Colby in the early 1900's was recalled in an article in The Northwest Kansas News, of Colby, November 21, 1937.

The Wichita (Evening) Eagle issued a "Decade of Progress" edition November 25, 1937, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Evening Eagle.

Listed by titles and dates articles of historical import included in recent issues of the Kansas City (Mo.) Star are: "He Fought With Forsyth," relating that Maj. N. D. McGinley, 88 years old, who recently died in Oklahoma City, was perhaps the last of the intrepid band of scouts which fought the celebrated battle of the Arickaree, September, 1868, against the allied tribes of Cheyenne, Arapahoe and Sioux Indians, November 25, 1937; "An Old Map Throws New Light on the Westport of 1855," mentioning the influence of the Kansas territorial legislature on Westport, December 26; "Emerson as a Man of Action in the Cause of John Brown," December 27; "How Politicians Have Observed Alf Landon's `Grand Principle,'" January 9, 1938; "Kansas Pioneering in the Work of Organized Farm Leadership," January 15, and "Development of Helium Industry Revives Dream of a Kansas Town [Dexter]," January 23.

Pioneer reminiscences are being recorded by Mildred Cass Beason in feature articles in all of Gove county's newspapers. The series started in The Gove County Advocate, of Quinter, November 25, 1937, and in other newspapers in December.



An article describing Lawrence in 1879, as published in a contemporaneous St. Louis magazine, was reviewed in the Lawrence Daily Journal-World, November 27, 1937.

The biography of David L. Payne, the "Oklahoma Boomer," was sketched by Cecil Howes in the Kansas City (Mo.) Times, November 27, 1937. Payne entered Kansas in 1858 and homesteaded in Doniphan county. He served as captain in the Civil War and in later Indian campaigns, and was a member of the Kansas legislature for several years. In the early 1870's he settled near Newton. The Daughters of the American Revolution of Newton are raising funds for a Payne memorial to be located there. He is buried in Wellington.

Kenneth F. Sauer, writing in the Wichita Sunday Eagle, November 28, 1937, described the christening of the new 10,000-ton cruiser Wichita, as it was launched on November 16 at the Philadelphia navy yard. The ship, named for the second city of Kansas, was the eighteenth and last heavy cruiser to be built under the limitations imposed by the London treaty. Margaret Ayres, daughter of William A. Ayres, former Kansas congressman, christened the ship.

Using emporia and Lyons county as typifying American urban and rural life, William Allen White contributed a close-up of the Emporia community in an article entitled "How Far Have We Come?" in the December, 1937, issue of Survey Graphic, of Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. White drew up a balance sheet which indicates an "amazing change" in the past quarter century and is a stepping stone to a review of American social and political progress. The first of three articles on British health insurance by Dr. and Mrs. Douglass W. Orr, of the Menninger clinic, Topeka, was begun in this same issue of the Graphic.

A history of Pleasant Hill school, Dickinson county, was sketched in the Enterprise Journal, December 2, 1937. The school opened late in 1877. Mabel White was the first teacher.

The restoration of Dyche museum of the University of Kansas was the impetus for the brief biography of Lewis Lindsey Dyche, famous scientist, which appeared in the Kansas City (Mo.) Star, December 4, 1937. During his lifetime Professor Dyche either conducted or participated in twenty-three scientific expeditions in the interest of the Mount Oread museum. He was explorer, hunter, naturalist and teacher. His explorations took him to the Arctic regions, and in 1895 he and Emil Diebitsch, brother-in-law of Com. Robert E. Peary, went to Peary's rescue.


"Rise of `Petticoat' Government Started 50 Years Ago in Kansas" was the title of an article by Cecil Howes in the Kansas City (Mo.) Times, December 8, 1937. Mrs. Susanna Madora Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Sumner county, in 1887. She was the first woman mayor of a city in the United States, the article states. The first city to be entirely governed by women was Oskaloosa. The Wyandotte constitutional convention of 1859 established for women the same homestead privileges that men enjoy. In 1871 A. L. Williams, attorney general of Kansas, ruled that women were eligible as notaries public, and in 1886 the attorney general's office ruled that women could hold office in the state.

A two-column biographical sketch of Simpson C. Parrott, Thomas county pioneer, who arrived in 1886, appeared in the Colby Free Press-Tribune, December 15, 1937.

The Hanover Democrat celebrated the sixty-fifth anniversary of the incorporation of Hanover and the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the Democrat, with a special twenty-two-page edition, December 17, 1937. Among the feature articles were: "First Editor Writes of Early Hanover," by J. M. Hood; "City Incorporated in the Year 1872"; "Education Is One of Early Developments"; "Hanover and the Union Pacific," by E. C. Schmidt; "Nine Editors have Guided Democrat"; "Extra Tells News Hollenberg's Death"; "Emigration Heavy in the Early `60's," listing some of the community's early settlers; "Gives Ground for City of Hollenberg"; "History of Washington County," transcribed and compiled from Hollenberg's original manuscript and notes, by W. J. Dicker. Biographies and reminiscences of old settlers were printed and other articles gave brief histories of the community's churches, lodges, stores, newspapers, fire and telephone companies, cemetery association, electric light, sewer system and waterworks.

A biographical sketch of Dr. Tenney Frank, authority on Latin literature and Roman history, was published in the Kansas City (Mo.) Times, December 18, 1937. Dr. Frank is a native of Clay Center.

The visit of Grand Duke Alexis, of Russia, and his entertainment at the Fifth Avenue hotel in Topeka, was discussed in the Topeka Daily Capital, December 19, 1937.

Summaries of the 1937 news in Russell were featured in the Russell Record and The Russell County News, of December 30, 1937.


Frederic H. Guild, director of the research department of the Kansas Legislative Council, discussed the work of the Kansas council in an article, "The Development of the Legislative Council Idea," in the January, 1938, number of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Philadelphia.

The Dalton raid on Coffeyville in October, 1892, was briefly described in the January, 1938, issue of the Pony Express Courier of Placerville, Cal.

"Harking Back Forty-Eight Years," or the reminiscences of Will H. Cady, editor of the Augusta Journal, was the subject of a review published serially in the Journal during the early months of 1938.

The history of the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican, now in its fiftieth year, was sketched in the January 6, 1938, issue.

A paper "Pioneering in the Great Southwest," by Mrs. D. B. Hungate, was printed in The Jacksonian, of Cimarron, January 6, 1938. Mrs. Hungate arrived in present Gray county in 1884.

The history of the Farmers State Bank of Mercier, opened for business on January 6, 1913, was sketched in The Tri-County News, of Horton, January 6, 1938.

Brief biographical sketches of the seven members of the Kansas supreme court were included in an illustrated page article, "Hard Work Characterizes Life of a Supreme Court Justice," in the Topeka Daily Capital, January 16, 1938.

A brief history of the Horton postoffice, as prepared by Jesse R. Franklin for the ceremonies held at the formal dedication of a new postoffice building, January 14, 1938, was printed in the Horton Headlight, January 20.

Oakley High School history was reviewed by Clarence Mershon in a series of articles entitled "Story of the Old School Bell," in the Oakley Graphic from January 28 to April 8, 1938.

A biographical sketch of Mrs. Carrie A. Hall, of Leavenworth, donor of the Lincoln collection housed in the Kansas Historical Society's "Lincoln room," was written by Mrs. Jennie Small Owen for the Kansas Teacher, of Topeka, February, 1938.

The biography of Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, pioneer Kansas doctor and founder of osteopathy, was reviewed by Dr. Lawrence 0. Martin, of Dodge City, in a three-column article in the Topeka State Journal, February 4, 1938.