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Riley County Ramblings - 100 Years Ago


From the Manhattan Republic

February 14, 1907:

The Republic to Move. 
March 1st We Expect to be Established in our New Quarters in the Ulrich Building.
About March 1st the Republic will be moved to upstairs rooms in the Ulrich block formerly occupied by the county officers.  The rooms that were occupied by the clerk of the court, register of deeds, county attorney, probate judge and janitor have been secured for a period of five years. 
Note: This is 331 Poyntz. The space was available because the county officers were moving into the new Riley County Court House.) 
    These rooms will be rearranged for the purpose of making of them a model printing office, and when the remodeling and refitting is finished the Republic will have the finest, most convenient and comfortable quarters of any newspaper in this town.
    The Republic has entirely outgrown its present home and a move was imperative.  Our new lease gives us more than double our present floor space and will give opportunity for our continued growth and expansion.  We know that our friends will rejoice with us over this long step forward, evidence of the development of the paper.


February 28, 1907:

Dedicatory Exercises. 
G.A.R. Hall in Court House Dedicated with Appropriate Ceremony.

    The various patriotic societies of the city united last Friday evening in dedicating their new hall in the Court House, set apart for their use by the County Commissioners.  The societies represented were both of the posts of the G.A.R., the W.R.C. and the Ladies of the G.A.R. 
Note:  G.A.R. = Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War Union soldier organization; W.R.C. = Women’s Relief Corp, a women’s auxiliary to the G.A.R as was the Ladies of the G.A.R..)

    Preceding the exercises there was a sumptuous supper prepared by the ladies, served to those present.  Tables seating nearly a hundred were set in the long corridor and were filled and emptied of people three times; they never were emptied of good things to eat.

    The guests then adjourned to the court room for the evening’s program.  Previous to the published program a little campfire meeting was held.  Mr. G.M. Simpson gave entertaining exhibition of the manual of arms as used in 1861 65.  Mr. G. A. Anderson of Zeandale was then called upon and introduced as the soldier with the longest record of service in the county.  He told briefly of his soldier days, that he enlisted Aug. 15, 1861 at Chicago and was mustered out May 15, 1866 at Houston, Texas.  He fought all through the south and west, Boonville, Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, Vicksburg and the last year was police duty in Texas.

    Capt. Allen then responded to a call for music and played “Turkey in the Straw” with an ardor which almost set the three divines in the amen corner to dancing jigs.  J.N. Limbocker gave a few incidents of camp life.

    The regular program was then taken up.  Music was furnished through the evening by Mr. and Mrs. Bates and Mr. Pratt.  Rev. Thurston opened with prayer.

    Mrs. Nellie Rhodes McMillan of Leavenworth, Department President of the Ladies of the G.A.R. was called for and made an eloquent talk on the work of the order to which she belonged.  The Manhattan members are very proud of Mrs. McMillan, for she was one of “Our Girls” and makes a very capable head of an order which has nearly 1500 members.

    Miss Alexander gave a humorous reading that was greatly appreciated.  Miss Florence Deputy sang beautifully “Tenting Tonight” in which the audience joined in the chorus with a vim.  Mrs. Silkman sang “Marching Through Georgia” with a spirit that made the “Old Boys” feel good. 

    Everything was enjoyed, but the best thing of the whole evening was the splendid talk by Rev. S.A. Bright.  It was a mingling of earnestness and fun.  He told the great spirit that actuated the men who fought the Civil War and of the heartbreak that was so oft recurring, of disagreeable duty, of hilarious fun and of the heroic bravery.  The old soldiers were greatly pleased with this address.  Rev. McLain closed the exercises with prayer.