box [graphic] 2008 Annual Meeting Wrap-up — Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008
box [graphic] 2008 Preservation AwardsSunday, May. 4, 2008
box [graphic] 2008 Bulletin Vol. 83, Dec. 2008, Bungalow Homes for the Nation: The L.F. Garlinghouse Co. of Topeka

2008 Officers:

2008 Trustees:

  • Jan Leuenberger
  • Walt Hillmer
  • Jack Wisman
  • Kathryn Hosfelt
  • Doug Wallace
  • Janet Loebel
  • Jeanne Mithen
  • Susan Marchant
  • Kim Morse
  • Joe Pennington
  • Carlton Scroggins
  • Michael Bradley
  • Shaun Powers
  • Anne Spiess

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box [graphic] 2008 Annaul Meeting Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008

The 2008 annual meeting was held at Sixth Ave. Ballroom, 117 SW 6th St., Topeka.
     SCHS President Carlton Scroggins delivered his annual report on Society activities and discussed the history and political implications of the pending auction of Sumner School and showed Janet Loebel's slides of a tour of the building and grounds.
     David Fisher Jr. shared his vision for restoration of the summit of Burnett's Mound to a cleared space with nature trail and no vehicle access to the summit.

     William Beteta of Heartland Visioning discussed the Topeka visioning process and summary plans, including neighborhood preservation and valuing local history.
     Chris Meinhart discussed plans for the preservation and promotion of Constitution Hall in the 400 block of Kansas Ave. In July, 2008, this property was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
    Members passed c hanges to the SCHS By-laws and new officers were elected.
    A reception followed the meeting.


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Mary Ritchie Jarboe
died February 9, 2008.
    There was a memorial service for Mary at the Ritchie House on April 26, with Mary's family attending from Texas.
    See archived photos of the service here.

Visit In Memoriam for Mary Ritchie Jarboe


2008 Report

About the Society

Select a photo to see the larger version
meet and chat 1meet and chat 2meet and chat 3
cupcakes and chatWarren Taylorlisteninglistening 2
Carlton Scroggins, SCHS presidentChristy Davis, chair, Topeka Landmarks CommissionCommonwealth Building, Gem Building, Hale Ritchie House honoreesSt. John's A.M.E. Church
Greg Fox, Row House RestaurantKanza Construction, The PalaceJill Wolters and Michael Turner, home on WesternCarlton Scroggins congratulates Terry Humphrey of the Kansas Association for Justice, Fire State No. 2
Shawnee Co. Commission, Parks and Recreation Department, Lake Shawnee WPA Stone Shelter HousesThe Friends of Bethany PlaceAlice Landers, Boyd England, Jeff Landers, The England Farm
Deborah White, Lawrence Visitors Center Deborah White, Lawrence Visitors Center 4 Deborah White, Lawrence Visitors Center 2 Deborah White, Lawrence Visitors Center
Julie Weisburger, SHPO honoreesBody England remarks about England Farmchat 1
chat 2chat 3chat 4
June Wincheffel speaks with Warren Taylorchat 6chat 7St. John's A.M.E. Church representative

Our host and honoree: Kansas Association for Justice, Fire Station #2, Topeka
Fire Station Number TwoFire Station, own by Trial Lawyers Assoc.another view, Fire Station Number 2
gear works, indoorsdisplay, Topeka Fire Stations of the 20th CenturyPhoto, early day firefighters at Station Number two

Other building preservation projects honored
1263 Western
Row House Restaurant
Commonwealth Building Palace Lofts and Offices Gaylord House, Central Park
1263 Western
Row House Restaurant
Palace Lofts
& Offices
Gaylord House,
Central Park area
Veale-Freeburg Building Hale Ritchie House Senate Suites St. John's A.M.E. Church
Veale-Freeburg Building
Hale-Ritchie House
Senate Suites
St. John's A.M.E. Church
England Farm and Barn England Stone Barn Gem Building, W. 10th St.
England Farm & Barn, Tecumseh
England Stone Barn
Gem Building
Lake Shawnee WPA Garden House Lake Shawnee WPS Boat House
Lake Shawnee WPA
Garden House
Lake Shawnee WPA
Boat House

Buidling exterior photos by Hi Stockwell
Event photos by Michael Bradley & Carol Yoho

Our 2008 SCHS Bulletin, Vol. 83, Dec. 2008, Bungalow Homes for the Nation: The L.F. Garlinghouse Co. of Topeka, was edited by Max Movosvitz (formerly of Topeka, now of Jacksonville, FL), with trustee Jeanne Mithen as assistant editor. The work covers home designed and built by the Bungalow Homes, v. 83, SCHS BulletinGarlinghouse Company of Topeka and mail order catalogs of bungalow home floorplans and detailing as published by the Topeka company 1916-1986.
    Additional copies of this Bulletin are available, $20. each + tax, in Topeka at the Kansas State Historical Society Gift Shop, Lloyd Zimmer's Books and Maps, and the TSCPL Booktique ($20 library price includes tax). In Jacksonville, FL, the book may be purchased at The Book Nook. Or...prepay by mail @ $25. including shipping from SCHS.

Hale Dean Ritchie

Hale Dean Ritchie
Died August 31, 2008.

Links to his Obituary, Wichita Eagle column:
"Friends recall Ritchie for his charity, integrity," —Mortuary Guest Book.
On the Path to Freedom commemorative event

Published here are 10 cases of litigation John Ritchie was involved in from 1871-1888 and from 1895. Link includes 63 pages of research by Bryce Benedict, provided here as a PDF file.
[Adobe Reader is a free download from Adobe.]

The City Council approved including the Hale Ritchie House on the list of Topeka Landmarks at its early January 2008 meeting.

ee listing of all SCHS Bulletins still available for purchase!

Links to Topeka Capital-Journal articles:
Underground Railroad trip recalled 7-24-2008

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2008 Annual Meeting
Sun., Dec. 9, 2008
6th Avenue Ballroom, Downtown Topeka
6th Street Ballroom President Carlton Scroggins addresses members Carlton gives slide tour of Sumner School
2009 elected trustees present at 2008 annual meeting SCHS President Carlton Scroggins Slide presentation
Jeanne Mithen with poinsettia a history of history in Yearbooks David Fisher Jr. and Burnett's Mound painting William Beteta, Hearland Visioning Project Robin Shrimplin and Chris Meinhart
Reception 1 Reception 2 Chatting Pals

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About the Society  
Focus on History
Focus on Preservation
Educational Initiative


box [graphic] 2008 Preservation AwardsSunday, May. 4, 2008

The second annual joint awards for preservation of the history of the county were presented by the Shawnee County Historical Society and the Topeka Landmarks Commission at the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association's offices, 719 SW Van Buren, on Sunday afternoon, May 4, 2008. The public was welcomed at the reception. Deborah White, Visitor Information Center for the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, discussed the planned Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.

Christy Davis, Chair of the City of Topeka Landmarks Commission presented Landmark designations, which include Senate Suites Luxury Hotel, the Commonwealth Building, St. John's A.M.E. Church, The Gem Building, the Veale-Freeburg Building, the Hale Ritchie House, and the J. Fred & Cora Gaylord House.

Julie Weisgerber, State Historic Preservation Office Federal Tax Credit Reviewer acknowledges the most recent National and State Historic Register additions, including: The Bowker House, the College Avenue Historic District, the Hard Chief Village Archeological Site near Silver Lake and St. John's AME Church.

Carlton Scroggins, Shawnee County Historical Society President, honored Warren Taylor for his contribution to

local preservation through his work in the Topeka Room of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Scroggins also honored the Friends of Bethany Place for their preservation advocacy. Additionally, the Society honored the owners of five properties for their preservation efforts: Jill Wolters and Michael Turner for their home on Western, Greg Fox for the Row House Restaurant, the Kansas Association for Justice for Fire Station #2, Boyd England and Alice and Jeff Landers for the England Farmstead, and Kanza Construction for The Palace Building. The Society also honored the Shawnee County Commission— Parks and Recreation Department for preservation of the WPA stone shelters at Lake Shawnee.

The Shawnee County Historical Society is a combination of the previous history focused Shawnee County Historical Society and the preservation focused ‘Historic Topeka' organizations which merged membership and missions. Historic Topeka previously awarded preservation efforts and the Shawnee County Historic Society has awarded historic preservation efforts since the organizations merged.

The City of Topeka Landmarks Commission is a volunteer citizen commission appointed by the City of Topeka to identify and acknowledge important historic landmarks in the City.