A Century of Greenwood County, KS History - Eureka Herald, 1968


Mrs. A.E. Green announced the sale of the A.E. Green Insurance Agency to Stanley Marshall, who had been employed as manager of the firm for the past two years. Conrad Photos ceased business operations as Mr. Conrad had accepted a position as city editor of the Iola Register. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Wing moved the Wing Drug Store from 220 North Main to their new building at 501 North Main. John cook of Cook's Aluma-Fab Mfg. Bo., 1221 East River, announced a big two-day open house, featuring a new retail front and display windows.

The First Baptist Church of eureka, Fifth and Elm streets, held dedication services for the newly constructed educational building. The two-story semi-basement structure with red Roman brick interior had 5,000 feet of floor space, including classrooms, office space, kitchen assembly and recreational area, as well as rest rooms and storage facilities.

Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Mitchell, owners and operators of the Kastle Cafe, 407 North Main, for the past six years, leased to David Eugene "Gene" Cox, formerly of El Dorado. Harold G. Forbes and George Forbes, attorneys, announced that Dale Pohl of Emporia was to be associated with them in the practice of law.

A Greenwood County land mark, the 60-year-old grandstand at the fairgrounds at Eureka, was destroyed by fire July 1, on the eve of the four-day Quarter Horse race meet that would open on July 4. Had the old stand held out another week, 6,000 more guests would have visited her for the racing meet. but the old girl was too smart, for she went out in a blaze of glory at a time when she would draw the peak publicity. The south end of the newly-constructed bleachers at the north side of the grandstand caught fire but firemen held the fire to a minimum damage. Greenwood County Fair Assoc. board members met within the hour after the fire and arrangements were made to secure portable bleachers from the Chase County Rodeo at Strong city. Trucks were dispatched at dawn on Tues to transport the bleachers to Eureka. Also, at day-break on Tuesday, bulldozers, dirt loaders and other heavy equipment went to work to clear debris for the placement of the bleachers. The observation tower at the north end of the fairgrounds had been moved to the grandstand area to be used as a photo-finish platform to comply with regulations of the American Quarter Horse Assoc. Scores or public-spirited men worked around the clock to bring everything in readiness for the four-day racing meet.

C.C. Whittaker, Jr. announced that Stanley R. Ausemus of Madison was associated with him in the practice of law. Zenishek's store in eureka added a men's and boys' department August 16. The new addition was in the building just north of Zenishek's, formerly the Wing Drug Store, and was connected with a 12-foot archway. Eugene "Dusty" Rhodes, formerly of Wellington and Emporia, was manager of the new store. Roy Sanders, Emporia, was operator of the Roy's Cash & Carry TV-Radio Repair Shop, located at 605 East Seventh.

A completely modern, excellently equipped 24-booth language laboratory had just been installed in Eureka High School for the purpose of teaching modern languages. The 1963 graduating class of EHS presented funds to its Alma Mater for the purchase and erection of a large bulletin board to be located at the southwest corner of the high school building. The 10 x 4 foot sign was to keep the public informed of all school programs and activities.

The Fall River Watershed had taken another big step in the watershed program with the start of construction on the first contract of three floodwater retarding structures. The Church of Christ secured the building formerly occupied by Church of Christ, Scientist, corner of Ohio and Main streets. The one-room school District 67, otherwise known as the Worley school, had gone the way of most of the rural schools in the state, but not without nostalgia on the part of the students and teachers of this 88-year-old institution of learning. A last farewell and get-together was held at the schoolhouse on October 10.

Open house and consecration services were held at the First Methodist church for the new educational building. The new addition, with the remodeling of the older building, new furnishings and improvements cost between $105,000 and $108,000. The Memorial Hall stage underwent a face-lifting program. A new octagonal-shape stage was erected within the old stage and Sweet Adelines removed the 30-year-old velvet curtains and made side drapes and a top valance. A new auditorium floor, new paint on the stage and ceiling and a general clean-up job finished the project for the hall.

Robin J. Marshall successfully passed the CPA test and was issued a license to practice as a Certified Public Accountant by the Oklahoma State Board of Accounting. Ted Freeman, owner and manager of Freemans located at Third and Main, completed expansions and improvements to his building. A new TV-Stereo entertainment center was added in the portion of the building formerly occupied by the Basement Bar.

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