Harvey County Historical Museum

Harvey County Historical Museum Located in the historic Carnegie Library building, the museum offers exhibits, and a research library. Open:1st & 3rd Sat 10-4 (& above). Free Admission.
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Happy Labor Day! Some history on Labor Day to enjoy.
09/06/2021

Happy Labor Day! Some history on Labor Day to enjoy.

In the late 1800s at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the U.S., the average American factory worker worked 12-hour days and seven-days a week. Despite some restrictions, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories, and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions grew more prominent and vocal. They organized strikes and rallies, many of which turned violent.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” soon spread throughout the country and became a federal holiday in 1894. https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day-1

Last week, we posted at photo of the Rex Movie Theater, 214 Main, Newton.  As part of the series on "Looking Back at the...
09/03/2021
Looking Back: The Building at 214 Main - Harvey County Historical Society

Last week, we posted at photo of the Rex Movie Theater, 214 Main, Newton. As part of the series on "Looking Back at the the Oldest Buildings on Main" to see when the structure was built and what changes have happened along the way.
#oldestbuildingsonmain #preservenewton

https://hchm.org/looking-back-the-building-at-214-main/

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator This article is part of a series, Looking Back at the Oldest Buildings on Newton’s Main Street. The buildings on the east side of the 200 block of Main in Newton are some of the oldest buildings in Newton, several dating between 1886 and approximately 1895, incl...

Did you know that some of the oldest buildings on Newton's Main street are located in the 200 Block? Several of these bu...
09/01/2021
South of the Tracks: Bank of Commerce - Harvey County Historical Society

Did you know that some of the oldest buildings on Newton's Main street are located in the 200 Block? Several of these buildings were built in the 1880-1890s and are the last structures from that time on Main.
Over the next several weeks, our blog series "Oldest Buildings On Main" will share their history.

To start, is a post from May 2020 featuring the building at the corner of 3rd & Main. Today, the building is home to the Metcalf Sisters' Antiques and Collectibles where you can spend hours browsing!
#oldestbuildingsonmain #preservenewton

https://hchm.org/south-of-the-tracks-bank-of-commerce/

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator With this post, we continue to explore the history of the buildings south of the tracks. Straight across from the Newton Hotel building at the corner of 3rd & Main, E.L. Parris built a grand home for his new Bank of Commerce. Today, the building constructed betwee...

Going to a movie might the perfect way to get out of the summer heat! Who remembers the Rex Theater?Photo: Newton.  1946...
08/28/2021

Going to a movie might the perfect way to get out of the summer heat! Who remembers the Rex Theater?

Photo: Newton. 1946. Rex Theatre, 214 N. Main. Movie poster reads: "Child of Divorce."

Going to a movie might the perfect way to get out of the summer heat! Who remembers the Rex Theater?

Photo: Newton. 1946. Rex Theatre, 214 N. Main. Movie poster reads: "Child of Divorce."

The mystery object is a foot rest used in May's Shoes. The clerk would sit and the customer 's foot would be placed on t...
08/27/2021

The mystery object is a foot rest used in May's Shoes. The clerk would sit and the customer 's foot would be placed on the inclined part. The clerk could then measure for shoe size and assist with shoe fitting.

May's Shoe Store was one of the first businesses in Newton. The first photo is of the first store at 609 Main, Newton. May moved his business to 524 Main. The building was destroyed in the August 4, 1914 fire that devastated the 500 Block of Main on the east side. The final photo is the interior of the new May Shoe Store on weat 6th.
#hchmmysteryobject

New & Cool at HCHM! Who remembers using one of these?Make your guesses and check back at 5:00 for the answer and a bit o...
08/27/2021

New & Cool at HCHM! Who remembers using one of these?
Make your guesses and check back at 5:00 for the answer and a bit of history.
#hchmmysteryobject

New & Cool at HCHM! Who remembers using one of these?
Make your guesses and check back at 5:00 for the answer and a bit of history.
#hchmmysteryobject

Happening this morning!Thank you to the Heritage Trust Fund for providing the funding for this projectd#hchmreboot2021
08/24/2021

Happening this morning!
Thank you to the Heritage Trust Fund for providing the funding for this projectd

#hchmreboot2021

To mark the 150th Anniversary of the Newton Massacre of August 20, 1871, check out our posts about the event. This page ...
08/20/2021
Newton’s General Massacre: Truth & Myth - Harvey County Historical Society

To mark the 150th Anniversary of the Newton Massacre of August 20, 1871, check out our posts about the event. This page provides the links to all of the posts related to the Newton Massacre in one place: https://hchm.org/newtons-general-massacre-truth-myth/

One of the most common questions we get at HCHM is about the shoot out in Perry Tuttle’s Saloon that happened August 20, 1871. Below are links to articles that we have published on the event to our blog Voices of Harvey County. Newton’s General Massacre No Sunday West of Newton Full & Graphic Ac...

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy school year!Newton.  1885.  South Side School, later known as McKinley School.   A t...
08/20/2021

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy school year!

Newton. 1885. South Side School, later known as McKinley School.

A typed list of names was included with this photo indicating this is Newton South Side School, East 1st and Pine, 3rd grade class, 1885.
Top row from left: Billie Belford, Howard Fritz, Willie Hazeltine, Eli Richardson, George Lakin, Dell Miller, Sam Wagoner.
Second row: Carl Dell, Guy Truex, Fred Caryle, Frank Kent, Chas. Kent, Will Wright, Tenn Travis, Lew Ragsdale, unknown, Alvie Bowles, Loren Bookwater.
Girls, 1st row: Alta Spivey, Bulah Hoffman, Lillie Stewart, Grace Raber, Lena Smith, Blanche Beaver, Mary McAlexander, ? Adams, Stella Covert, Alice McLain, Minnie Risdon, Agnes Gray, Lillie Faulkner.
Second row: Eva Hatfield, Maggie Boyd, Mamie Powell, unknown, unknown, Mary Shields, Flora Hart, Clara Stewart, Irene Ormsby, Katie Shaffer, unknown, Sarah Akins, Della Fisher.
Boys bottom row: Cyris Merrifield, Joe ?, unknown, Joe Seamore, Phil Fredricks, Frank Caveny, unknown, Jesse Fugate, Clyde Maxwell, Glenn Dugenberry, May Scribner, teacher (Mrs. Clarence Spooner)."

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy school year!

Newton. 1885. South Side School, later known as McKinley School.

A typed list of names was included with this photo indicating this is Newton South Side School, East 1st and Pine, 3rd grade class, 1885.
Top row from left: Billie Belford, Howard Fritz, Willie Hazeltine, Eli Richardson, George Lakin, Dell Miller, Sam Wagoner.
Second row: Carl Dell, Guy Truex, Fred Caryle, Frank Kent, Chas. Kent, Will Wright, Tenn Travis, Lew Ragsdale, unknown, Alvie Bowles, Loren Bookwater.
Girls, 1st row: Alta Spivey, Bulah Hoffman, Lillie Stewart, Grace Raber, Lena Smith, Blanche Beaver, Mary McAlexander, ? Adams, Stella Covert, Alice McLain, Minnie Risdon, Agnes Gray, Lillie Faulkner.
Second row: Eva Hatfield, Maggie Boyd, Mamie Powell, unknown, unknown, Mary Shields, Flora Hart, Clara Stewart, Irene Ormsby, Katie Shaffer, unknown, Sarah Akins, Della Fisher.
Boys bottom row: Cyris Merrifield, Joe ?, unknown, Joe Seamore, Phil Fredricks, Frank Caveny, unknown, Jesse Fugate, Clyde Maxwell, Glenn Dugenberry, May Scribner, teacher (Mrs. Clarence Spooner)."

150 years ago . . . At 2:00 am on Sunday, August 20, 1871, Texas cowboy, Hugh Anderson, walked into Perry Tuttle's saloo...
08/19/2021
"No Sunday West of Newton:" Newton's Bloody Sunday: Part 1 - Harvey County Historical Society

150 years ago . . .
At 2:00 am on Sunday, August 20, 1871, Texas cowboy, Hugh Anderson, walked into Perry Tuttle's saloon and started the gunfight that still intrigues people today.

Read about "Newton's Bloody Sunday" in our 6 part series on Harvey County Historical Museum's web page. Links to each part is at the bottom of the article.

https://hchm.org/newtons-bloody-sunday/

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator August 20 marks the date of one of the most violent days in the history of Newton, Kansas. One hundred and forty-three years ago, “Newton’s General Massacre,” captured the attention of the nation and gave the new town the reputation as “Bloody Newton.” T...

It is the perfect time for ice cream! Who remembers stopping at Peter Pan for a treat?https://hchm.org/peter-pan-ice-cre...
08/14/2021
Peter Pan Ice Cream In Newton - Harvey County Historical Society

It is the perfect time for ice cream! Who remembers stopping at Peter Pan for a treat?
https://hchm.org/peter-pan-ice-cream-in-newton/

Originally posted on HCHM’s previous blog site on Thursday, August 30, 2012. Link below. The Peter Pan Ice Cream Store by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator Recently, we posted a photograph on facebook of a Newton Peter Pan Ice Cream Store. The questions and memories that resulted encouraged us to l...

The first pool in Newton's Athletic Park.https://hchm.org/makin-a-splash/
08/11/2021
Makin' A Splash - Harvey County Historical Society

The first pool in Newton's Athletic Park.
https://hchm.org/makin-a-splash/

Makin’ A Splash by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator Originally published on July 19, 2012 on blogspot blog. “Enjoy the thrill of diving into crystal-clear water lighted with powerful underwater projectors.” -Newton Evening Kansan-Republican, May 28, 1935 Athletic Park Swimming Pool at night by...

In the 1880s, Newton's Black community also had thriving social clubs and activities. James and Frances Gross were among...
08/06/2021
A Progressive Kansan: James M. Gross - Harvey County Historical Society

In the 1880s, Newton's Black community also had thriving social clubs and activities. James and Frances Gross were among the leaders.
https://hchm.org/a-progressive-kansan-james-m-gross/

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator The 1880s in Newton were filled with optimism and incredible growth. Main street was filling in with buildings and new businesses. Businessmen were busy with real estate and building a modern progressive city. They were eager to push away the reputation of the 187...

Did you catch HCHM Board member, Joe Smiley and Reid in the parade the other evening.
08/02/2021

Did you catch HCHM Board member, Joe Smiley and Reid in the parade the other evening.

Did you catch HCHM Board member, Joe Smiley and Reid in the parade the other evening.

What is your favorite ride at the carnival?Newton.  1956.  Game booths and carnival rides are set up in Athletic Park in...
07/31/2021

What is your favorite ride at the carnival?

Newton. 1956. Game booths and carnival rides are set up in Athletic Park in conjunction with the Harvey County Fair.

What is your favorite ride at the carnival?

Newton. 1956. Game booths and carnival rides are set up in Athletic Park in conjunction with the Harvey County Fair.

In 1900, the ferris wheel was set up right on Main street in the 600 block. Imagine the view!
07/30/2021

In 1900, the ferris wheel was set up right on Main street in the 600 block. Imagine the view!

In 1900, the ferris wheel was set up right on Main street in the 600 block. Imagine the view!

While all the cowboys and cattle were in town in 1871, what did a woman with her family have to put up with? Find out in...
07/30/2021
A Brave Spirit: Mary C. Hildreth - Harvey County Historical Society

While all the cowboys and cattle were in town in 1871, what did a woman with her family have to put up with? Find out in our story about Mary Hildreth.
https://hchm.org/a-brave-spirit-mary-c-hildreth/

Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator Originally posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 on HCHM’s previous blog site. When I was working on the exhibit Up the Beaten Path: Following the Chisholm Trail I ran across a short remembrance of the cattle trade in Harvey County that became one of my favorite stor...

Don't forget the parade this evening! Starts at 7:00.In our photo from1890 people are lined up at 2nd & Main waiting the...
07/29/2021

Don't forget the parade this evening! Starts at 7:00.
In our photo from1890 people are lined up at 2nd & Main waiting their turn.
Business identified in the backround :Kaufman Bros. The Reliable Grocers and The Fair 302 and 304 N. Main.

Don't forget the parade this evening! Starts at 7:00.
In our photo from1890 people are lined up at 2nd & Main waiting their turn.
Business identified in the backround :Kaufman Bros. The Reliable Grocers and The Fair 302 and 304 N. Main.

Were you a "Richland Livewire?"Some pages for Samuelson's 4-H Scrapbook featuring the Richland Livewires 4-H Club, 1950s...
07/27/2021

Were you a "Richland Livewire?"
Some pages for Samuelson's 4-H Scrapbook featuring the Richland Livewires 4-H Club, 1950s.
#harveycounty4h

New at HCHM! QR Codes - or at least one to start us off. Stop by and check out our couthouse exhibit and scan the QR Cod...
07/23/2021

New at HCHM! QR Codes - or at least one to start us off.

Stop by and check out our couthouse exhibit and scan the QR Code to see the short video of the demolition of the tower.

New at HCHM! QR Codes - or at least one to start us off.

Stop by and check out our couthouse exhibit and scan the QR Code to see the short video of the demolition of the tower.

Remember stopping for gas at  Crites Skelly Service Station at 101 N. Main? Our photo is from the 1967 Harvey County Fai...
07/23/2021

Remember stopping for gas at Crites Skelly Service Station at 101 N. Main?
Our photo is from the 1967 Harvey County Fair Parade and this float sponsored by Wiley-McCall Shoe Storl features a large papiermache parrot.

Remember stopping for gas at Crites Skelly Service Station at 101 N. Main?
Our photo is from the 1967 Harvey County Fair Parade and this float sponsored by Wiley-McCall Shoe Storl features a large papiermache parrot.

Even some of our younger followers might remember the Santa Fe Watchman's Tower at the train crossing. Our photo is from...
07/23/2021

Even some of our younger followers might remember the Santa Fe Watchman's Tower at the train crossing. Our photo is from ca. 1970, looking east along the Santa Fe tracks in front of the depot.

Additional Note: I think the date should be pre-1971. According to Mike Hurley's information it was in 1971/2 that the new automated system was installed - the date has been changed above from 1992 to ca. 1970 and in the photo record.

Even some of our younger followers might remember the Santa Fe Watchman's Tower at the train crossing. Our photo is from ca. 1970, looking east along the Santa Fe tracks in front of the depot.

Additional Note: I think the date should be pre-1971. According to Mike Hurley's information it was in 1971/2 that the new automated system was installed - the date has been changed above from 1992 to ca. 1970 and in the photo record.

Happy Birthday to Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who turns 98 today! Dole served as Kansas State Senator 1969 to 1996. He was ...
07/22/2021

Happy Birthday to Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who turns 98 today!
Dole served as Kansas State Senator 1969 to 1996. He was the Republican Leader of the U S Senate during his the final 11 years, including three years as Senate Majority Leader.
On June 29, 1991, he took part in the Chisholm Trail Festival parade in Newton, Ks.

Were you there?

Happy Birthday to Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who turns 98 today!
Dole served as Kansas State Senator 1969 to 1996. He was the Republican Leader of the U S Senate during his the final 11 years, including three years as Senate Majority Leader.
On June 29, 1991, he took part in the Chisholm Trail Festival parade in Newton, Ks.

Were you there?

At the corner of 8th and Main, Newton, Ks in ca. 1962. Anyone stop for gas at the Standard Station?
07/21/2021

At the corner of 8th and Main, Newton, Ks in ca. 1962. Anyone stop for gas at the Standard Station?

At the corner of 8th and Main, Newton, Ks in ca. 1962. Anyone stop for gas at the Standard Station?

The Liberty Boosters 4-H Club, Harvey County, 1950s.#HarveyCounty4H
07/20/2021

The Liberty Boosters 4-H Club, Harvey County, 1950s.
#HarveyCounty4H

Did you recognize the location of Andres Service Station? The station opened in 1937 at 1400 S. Kansas, Newton.Photo 1: ...
07/17/2021

Did you recognize the location of Andres Service Station? The station opened in 1937 at 1400 S. Kansas, Newton.
Photo 1: Grand opening, 1937.
Photo 2: ca. 2000

Anyone recognize the location of this Conoco station? (The building is still standing) Give your answer in the comment s...
07/17/2021

Anyone recognize the location of this Conoco station? (The building is still standing) Give your answer in the comment section.
In 1937, the Andres Service Station held a grand opening!
Check back at 4:00 for the location of the station.

Anyone recognize the location of this Conoco station? (The building is still standing) Give your answer in the comment section.
In 1937, the Andres Service Station held a grand opening!
Check back at 4:00 for the location of the station.

Thank you Julia for posing this question! We would love to read your stories and see photos from this important Newton t...
07/17/2021

Thank you Julia for posing this question! We would love to read your stories and see photos from this important Newton tradition.

NEWTON FIESTA:
who remembers it?
who misses it?
who would like it brought back?
not saying I have that power, just been thinking about it a lot lately wondered if it was just me or not.

photos, stories, e.t.c absolutely welcome

Who remembers the Shepler & Long Conoco Station at 1300 N. Main, Newton? This photo is from 1940.
07/16/2021

Who remembers the Shepler & Long Conoco Station at 1300 N. Main, Newton? This photo is from 1940.

Who remembers the Shepler & Long Conoco Station at 1300 N. Main, Newton? This photo is from 1940.

Another project at HCHM this year is digitizing the John C. Johnston Civil War Collection with a grant from Humanities K...
07/15/2021
"A Woman of Good Moral Character" John Burns Pension - Harvey County Historical Society

Another project at HCHM this year is digitizing the John C. Johnston Civil War Collection with a grant from Humanities Kansas.
This blog tells of story of one local family and reveals the difficulties that Lucy Burns, wife of John Burns, faced.

https://hchm.org/a-woman-of-good-moral-character-john-burns-pension/

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched out of the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria with great fanfare to the train depot. There they joined the 85th and boarded the train for Camp Joe Holt, Jefferson, Indiana. Among the men in....

We are approaching the Harvey County Fair and many 4-H participants and working on completing their projects.  A year ag...
07/13/2021

We are approaching the Harvey County Fair and many 4-H participants and working on completing their projects. A year ago, Ellen Samuelson donated a 40-H Scrapbook featuring the many clubs in Harvey Co. from the 1950s to HCHM. Over the next couple of weeks we will share some of the pages. The kids are well identified - see if you can find someone you know!
The first two pages are from the Kellas Kountry Kousins.

#HarveyCounty4H

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curious if there is a record of the first male elementary teacher, first minority educator in primary, and secondary in harvey county. small historical footnotes, worth comemmorating
NEWTON FIESTA: who remembers it? who misses it? who would like it brought back? not saying I have that power, just been thinking about it a lot lately wondered if it was just me or not. photos, stories, e.t.c absolutely welcome
More pictures from my Great Grandpa Juan Castillo, Apolonio Mata, and Grandpa Gonzalez.
These are some pictures from my Great Grandpa Juan Castillo, Great Grandpa Apolonio Mata, and Grandpa Gonzalez.
Jackie Doering Walker confirmed this is her dad Louis Doering!
About 1966 in Halstead KS #harveycountycats
My father, William Marvin Gertsen, age 5, with his cat on the front porch of his family home at 920 North Poplar, Newton in 1935. #harveycountycats
This is a photo of 4 ladies who were volunteers with the Harvey County Red Cross office. The lady on the far left is Frieda Cornies Cornelsen. She was my great aunt. The other three ladies are not identified on the back of the photo. Based on other photos of my aunt, I believe the time frame for this photo is perhaps mid to late 1940s.
Wanted to share this with the Newton community. At the Peabody Kansas Historical Society we have a diary of George Blackmurr. He came to Kansas from New York in 1872. Thought the following words would be of interst. This is Feb 19, 1872, when he came to Newton. (There are some words and letters I did the best I could to read and understand. The full diary covers 10 years. He did settle North of Peabody.) Baggage left at Wm Patten Waverly House Peabody 19th 7:15 A.M. started off with my bundles. Walked about 12 miles due west from here over a rough county, across burnt prairies till I came to a house. I here ask the price of land. The lady told me she would sell but wanted $1500 for her 160 acres with house. Then struck out south for 6 miles and stopped with nite. A house and ask for something to eat. The lady of the house ask me in and I had dinner. She was a very nice lady from Boston. There is a claim next her for sale cheap. I got on the road for Peabody at last. Was told it was 4 ½ miles but it was long to me. Peabody is a small place, but the buildings are superior, and there are good nurserys here. Paid 30 cents for supper and gave the man 50 cents to take care of my baggage. Then took the train for Newton. Fare $1.00. Arrived here at 9:30 P.M. had to pay 75 cents for bed and 50 cents for breakfast. It’s a hard place and a man was shot there a few hours before I came. So as soon as it was daylight, I made a move west from here for Hutchinson. My feet are very sore. I walked about 7 miles and then rode about 3 in a wagon. Then I walked on again. There are any number of dead cattle lying dead on the plains from exposure. I am now on the little Arkansas River and it’s about 2 ft deep and I am at a loss how to cross. It is near 12 A.M. I see no way to cross so I take off my boots and socks and wade across but it’s very cold. I then march on for 2 hours and being faint call in a house and get some --- eats but it makes me feel sick. Feel tired walking and come to the conclusion that this is not the country for me. ---- to settle in as there are no timber and no railroad through yet and we would have to haul coal a distance of 35 miles so I jump on a wagon and come back to Newton. It all take up along this route, I treat the teamsters on fill my glass with wiskey. I stay overnight at the Santa Fe house. Supper, lodging, Breakfast $1.20 to trearty 75 cents. Gave little girl 25 cents. Feb 21st Newton, we left here at 7:25 A.M. and start for ---- City, a distance of 22 miles. My feet are very sore but as I have a companion that is going with me, I cheer up. On good thing I have my slippers along. We got about a mile and found a tire of a wagon lying on the road and saw the wagon it belong to. So we helped them to put it on. It was a good road over a nice county but it --- all up hill. After we got out about 10 miles we got to fewer houses. Passed several dead buffalo on the planes. I walk the greater part of the way in my slippers. We arrive here about 5 P.M. tired and footsore. Have a good meal and a drink of wiskey. There are very nice company here. We got the sites of several plots of land. 22nd Got a good nights sleep and saw a well here but they have to sink. It says deep 40 or 50 ft. The accommodations that we have are far as beds are concerned is a caution. Here we have country fare, no milk in our coffee, no butter here, no fresh beef. Stove in Newton $25. Feb 22nd we decide to leave ---- City and walk to Hutchinson. We cross Turkey Creek again, pass Lake View about 4 miles from here, we are told we are 40 miles but we are determined to push through this time. We buy some ginger snaps to do us on the way. We come across the country and call into several houses but no one at home. Weary and footsore. We cross the Little Arkansas and here rest and get a drink and then reach the sand hills. They seem to be about 7miles across these. There was a stoney head wind blowing and the sand here is a caution. We manage to get through. About 5 P.M. and see with joy our city about 7 miles on the planes. We pass plenty of Buffalo carcuss and here we saw wild ducks and a rabbit. The sands are alive with wolves, snakes and prairie dogs. We call in to a shanty and get a drink of water and then make town about dark. We get a good supper but feel so stiff and sore that I guess it’s better to stay a while and rest.
Carnegie Hall Girls Dorm Bethel College N. Newton KS Photo courtesy of Lisa Jantzen Donahue
Science Hall at Bethel College, circa 1950's Photo courtesy of Lisa Jantzen Donahue
Approaching the admin building at Bethel College, 1954 Photo courtesy of Lisa Donahue