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RILEY COUNTY RAMBLINGS
– 100 YEARS AGO
From the Riley
July 11, 1907:
the Single Men of Riley, hereby challenge the Married Men of the town to cross
bats with us on the Fair Grounds Diamonds next Tuesday, proceeds to go toward
procuring suits for team that is to be organized here. Challenge must be
accepted by noon Monday, leaving word at Regent Office. Choice of
officials left to married men, with exception of Physicians, whom we hereby
name, Dr. Mackender, H.D.,
Chief Physician; Dr. Rabert Masterson, Assistant.
(Note: The Regent reported in the July 18 addition that the married men (Enoch Hassebrock,
Tom Brown, Bill Noble, Charley Sargent, John
Jacobsen, Lee Noble, Chas. Kaup, Linn Conner, and
John Conkright) were trounced by the single men (Nels Noble, Dock Sargent, Fritz Kinninger, Grant Montgomery, Parfin
Griffin, Fred Hanson, Pink Myers and Vern Sargent) by
a score of 27 to 9.
Did the single men play with only eight players?
Eight names were listed in the report. The umpire was Jim Cross, whose
sympathies were said to be with the married men and that he gave them several
runs or the score would have been even more lop sided. The fair grounds mentioned were at Riley, as the town hosted a
fair each fall in this period.)
From the Manhattan
July 12, 1907:
George Southern Honored.
George Southern received an appointment Wednesday from Governor
Hoch as one of the three members of the new State Board of Embalmers which
board was created by an act of the last legislature. Joseph Johnson of
Osawatomie and William Johnson of Hutchinson are the other two members of the
board. This is quite an honor for Manhattan’s undertaker as this new
board will have supervision of all the undertakers in the state.
(Note: The name of the State Board of Embalmers was
changed to Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts in 1985. George Southern
was born in 1866 and arrived in Manhattan about 1886. He first worked in
a carriage trimming business and then opened a kerosene delivery operation,
becoming known as “Coal Oil Johnnie.” In 1894 he closed the coal oil
business and opened a new and second hand furniture store, expanding it with
D.C. Hulse to include undertaking in 1898 under the
name of Southern and Hulse. In 1903 Fred Wahl
bought out Mr. Hulse and the company was known as
Southern and Wahl until 1906 when Mr. Wahl took over the furniture line and Mr.
Southern continued the Funeral Home, renaming it Southern Funeral Home.
George Southern served on the Kansas Board of
Embalmers eight years. He also served as President of the Kansas Funeral
Directors Association in 1918. He was a charter member of the Manhattan
Commercial Club and the helped organize the Manhattan Elks. He served as
Riley County Coroner three terms. He died in November 1927 from
complications from choking on a chicken bone.
His widow continued operation of the business until 1940
when she sold to Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Courser and the
name was changed to Courser Funeral Home.
In 1951 the Coursers constructed a new building at 1317 Poyntz. Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Miller bought the business
in 1972 and changed its name to Parkview Funeral Home. The Parkview
Funeral home bought the Conroy Funeral Home (established in 1934) in
1976. In 1985 Arlene and Dennis Irvin bought Parkview Funeral Home,
renaming it Irvin - Parkview. See www.irvinparkview.com for photos and
information about this funeral home and their predecessors.)
From the Manhattan
July 19, 1907:
CHAUTAUQUA NOW OPEN.
Thousands of People are Attending Attractions
Good. Tenting Popular.
The first Manhattan Chautauqua was formally opened Wednesday by
the famous Kilties band from Canada. About five thousand people were in
attendance during the afternoon and evening. The evening concert was by
far the better, but it is only just to say that the band was not up to its
advance notices and many people were disappointed. It was worth the money
but it did not render Scotch music nor give the vocal programs
advertised. Yesterday the crowd was much smaller but the program was very
much better. Col. Ham’s lecture was a rare treat and the thousand
people who heard him did not want him to stop and he did talk over two hours on
“Synollygster in Politics.” It was full of
sense, pleasing with nonsense. The Wilbur Star Concert Co. made good and
gave a program both afternoon and evening that pleased the large audiences.
The programs grow better and better as the season
progresses, all the lectures will be very fine.
Everything seems to be working smoothly and Rev. Thurston
and Mr. W.W. Hutto are to be congratulated on the
successful result of their hard work. Here’s hopin’
that their reward will be commensurate with the energy expended.
(Note: The Chautauqua was held July 17 through
26 in Sarber’s grove (in 2007 roughly where Walmart is located. The Republic July 12 full page
advertisement described the Chautauqua as a “Splendid program of oratory,
music, magic, chalk talks, moving pictures etc. Amusement
and instruction for old and young alike. Not a dull moment during
the whole ten days.” Season tickets were $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for
children, those under 10 were admitted free with accompanying parents.
Single admission was $.25 for the morning, afternoon and evening programs each
day. Participants were encouraged to camp on the grounds and tents
were rented for $10, $8, and $6.00.
The Chautauqua was evidently a success, as they sold about
1,000 season tickets and 6,000 single admissions. Total attendance was
estimated at 30,000 over the ten days. The event apparently brought more
than Chautauqua visitors, because in the July 12 Republic City Marshall Boller warned Manhattan residents to be careful about
leaving their homes open during the event as “pickpockets and sneak thieves were
apt to gather on such occasions and take advantage”.)