A Century of Greenwood County, KS History - Eureka Herald, 1968

1931

Choice church roast was 11 to 16 cents per lb.; picnic hams, 15 cents; and flour, 48 lbs. for $1.09. Mayor R.E. Teichgraeber died in January. A lone bandit attempted to rob the Bank of Fall river and wounded the cashier, W.Q. Wickersham. A second robbery attempt was made on other stores in the town in February. H.R. Provine had purchased the Warner Meat Market. The newly remodeled Princess Theatre opened in February. The Powder Puff Beauty Shop had moved to the room formerly occupied by Goldie's Smart Shop.

A new oak floor had been laid on the main hall of the courthouse. A freight train was derailed near Reece and 14 cars burned. The Reece State Bank was robbed in March. Eureka was to receive $85,000 for federal building program. The Shambaughs were robbed of rugs and drapes valued at $4,000. The Eureka Hospital opened in March in the location formerly occupied by the Charlotte Murray Hospital, 411 North Main.

A delegation from Paola visited the Eureka schools to gather data on advanced educational methods used here. A disastrous fire struck the business district of Severy in March. Knute Rockne was killed at Bazaar in March, 40 miles northwest of Eureka. W.M. Ostenberg was named as superintendent of schools.

The Teeny Weeny orchestra was broadcasting over KFH, members were John Nelson, Margaret Mahan, Gail Souders, Kenneth Hamlin, Kenneth Criss, Betty Jane Burks and Clara Teter. The state driver's license law went into effect July 1. Leo Rhoades and Jake George had embarked on a water trip to New Orleans via Fall River, Verdigris and Arkansas Rivers to the Mississippi. The Greenwood County health unit was to receive $5,000 Federal Drought Aid for one year. The U.S. deficit was $903 million.

The Herald published a 26-page special on July 23 for the fair. One hundred rattlesnakes had been killed by a threshing crew southeast of Eureka. I. Katz was the new commander of the American Legion. Hitchhiking had been declared unlawful in Kansas. The Morris Smyth Post of the American Legion was formulating plans for a definite program of welfare relief during the winter. Jeff Klein and the Royal Flush orchestra had been engage to play at Wichita's newest dance resort, "The Shady Horseshoe." The Marriott Mercantile store of Utopia was destroyed by fire in October.

Ralph Emmel, the alleged slayer of E.E. Ballinger of Neal, was still hiding out and had eluded an armed posse for some time. He was not captured until October 1932 in Texas. The Greenwood County Ministers Assoc. was organized in October. An Armistice Day dance was held with all proceeds to go to charity. Farmers were donating milk to help the relief work. All civic organizations were cooperating in many ways to make money for the needy families. About 1350 persons attended E.N. Ladd's annual Christmas party at the Princess Theatre.

1932

Eleven underprivileged children from the county were taken to the Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment at the expense of the Kiwanis Club. In January the Herald went back to a weekly, published on Thursdays. The Red Owl Annex had moved to 212 North Main (the building formerly occupied by Souders & Martin). The bodies of two men were found in Greenwood County, frozen to death in a severe cold wave. A.E. Green had purchased the Smyth insurance company.

The first Dollar Day was held Wednesday, April 13. The new Ford "8" was being shown and could be purchased for $460 and up. Low pressure tires were becoming popular. The largest and most complete still ever confiscated in Greenwood county was captured by Sheriff Frank Sherman and his Posse in May. Included were 900 gallons of rye mash, three gallons of whiskey and a 50-gallon copper cooker.

The Greenwood County Fair was held in August. The open class premium list had been canceled and any money available was given to the 4-H clubs. Admission charge was reduced to 25 cents. Tax payers in the county had organized to wage a battle for better government. The new three-cent postage rate went into effect on July 6. Beef and pork roasts were 10 cents; pork and bans, 5 cents per can' salmon, 9 cents; sugar 5 and 6 cents; and coffee, 3 lbs. for 55 cents.

Steps were being taken to organize emergency relief in the county. Another carload of flour had been received for the needy of Greenwood County. The Climax State Bank was closed in August. Dr. J.R.Brinkley, candidate for governor, spoke to approximately 3,000 people in the courthouse yard in August. The cattlemen had their seventh annual banquet.

Leslie Yeager was the new manager at J.C. Penny. The American Legion was soliciting clothing for the poor. Simon Grocery was beginning its 12th year on East Ohio. Carl Chase was elected chairman of the newly organized Young Republican Club. The school building at Tonovay was destroyed by fire in November. The new Safeway store was located at Fourth and Main. The Ted North players were appearing at the Princess Theatre.

Ward McGinnis was elected president of the fair association. R.B. Coalscott and A.L. Buchanan of the Greenwood Barber Shop had given 40 free haircuts to needy children, who were selected by Anna Main, school nurse.

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