An important establishment forming a significant feature of the commercial activity and enterprise of Baxter Springs and one which has borne an important part in advancing the business, wealth and reputation of the district is the Baxter Creamery & Manufacturing Company, located near the northern boundary of the city. This business is housed in a spacious brick building which is finely adapted for the purpose it was intended and is used. They manufacture pure food dairy products, a specialty being made of the famous "Butter Cup" brand of butter and ice cream. This plant is a model one from
cies and deliver all orders in a most prompt and satisfactory manner. This store is neatly appointed and absolutely sanitary in every particular. The proprietors are courteous, painstaking and obliging, and stand high in the estimation of the public in general.


The trade of the florist has become an artistic profession and the public is indebted to the owner of the Baxter Greenhouse whose skill, taste and good judgment unite so happily in providing floral decorations for events of every description. This business was established three years ago and has been under the

Plant of Baxter Creamery & Manufacturing Co.
a standpoint of physical equipment and service to its patrons. It is provided with three large cold storage rooms, a 12-ton ice plant, ice cream mixer, pasteurizer, churn, two late improved "Emery-Thompson" brine freezers with a capacity of five hundred gallons of ice cream per day, and other up-to-date conveniences too numerous to mention. This business was established in 1919. It has had a substantial growth from the first and now enjoys a broad patronage in Kansas, Oklahom,[sic] Missouri, and Illinois. Their products are made amid the most sanitary surroundings and conditions, and in quality and purity cannot be excelled. They buy cream from farmers of the surrounding territory, also maintain a number of cream-buying stations in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. S. B. Apple is Secretary-Treasurer and General Manager, and G. E. Butt is assistant manager. Mr. Apple is also Superintendent of Schools and President of the Baxter Springs Kiwanis Club. He is one of the representative citizens and business men of the county, and an enthusiastic advocate of all measures advanced for the public good.


An instance of what fair dealing and progressive business spirit can achieve is shown in the substantial trade that has been built up by the S. & A. Grocery, located at 1141 Military Avenue. This store is owned by O. T. Sons and W. B. Autry. They opened their doors for business on February 18, 1922, and through conscientious effort and close attention to details have placed their establishment among the strong, growing and successful retail houses of the city. They carry a full and complete stock of pure food groceries and fancy table delica-
present ownership since August, 1921. T. H. Bowman, the proprietor, is thoroughly accomplished as a florist and horticulturist, having been connected with this line of work all of his life. Here is grown all kinds of flowers, summer or winter, and a specialty is made of roses, carnations, violets, chrysanthemums, potted plants and cut flowers and floral designs for all occasions. In point of construction and physical equipment, the Baxter Greenhouse is considered the very finest in the district, and one of the best in the entire State. The houses contain about 15,000 feet of glass and no detail is missing to make of the establishment a leader in its line in this section of the country. This business is located on West 12th Street (the concrete road leading to Picher). Mr. Bowman is one of the most enterprising, wide-awake and progressive citizens of the city, and has many friends in all walks of life.


One of the liberally patronized and sanitary eating houses of Baxter Springs is the Portland Coffee House, located at 1109 Military Avenue. This business was established in May, 1920. From the first it was given a liberal patronage by the best element of citizenship and it is now among the vigorous and successful enterprises of the community. They serve a first-class regular meal at the noon and evening hours, and appetizing short orders at all hours. Moderate prices, cleanliness and prompt service have made the Portland Coffee House a favorite with both the local and traveling public. This business is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Lewis. They are thoroughly experienced in this line; well known locally and stand high in the estimation of the public in general.
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