Patrons, Friends, and Everybody! - -
This issue completes the first volume of the VIDETTE. To us it has been a pleasant year and we hope it has been the same to our patrons. Although we haven't seen the progress in our little city that we expected, yet under the circumstances we are satisfied. Times are hard generally, which causes everyone to be judicious in their expenditures; hence our slow growth. During the year quite a number of buildings have been erected and our population has increased about one-fourth. The Chicago, Kansas & Western r.r. company built and are operating one of the best roads in the state, through our town, with a fast daily train to Kansas City and other important points east and north.
We also have a graded school, a grist mill, and in fact, almost every branch of industry is represented. The following is a list of the same: Moore & Mendenhall-dry goods, boots & shoes, flour, feed and provisions; J R Blair-gr'c's & provisions; Francis Craddock-gr'c's & prov's; John Wright, drugs; Miss Nettie Pritchard-dressmaking; Vore & Pittman-hardware & coffins; Mrs Odem, millinery; L D Frazier-blacksmith and wagon maker; Pearce & Musser-general blacksmiths; J Pennington photographer and jeweler; I P Lenhart, Havana mills; F W Fralick, hotel; L F McCulley, hotel; T A Sevens MD; L A Lockwood, loan; Public Notaries, J Moore J R Blair and R B Knock; J C Blair, real estate & loan agt.; R B Knock Justice of the peace; E G Smith, insurance agt; Henry Miller, constable; W R McMurray, shoe & harness maker; W F Rodimel, livery & feed stable; Ed Cox billiards; H Miller, dray & expressman; Lew Hosterman, Havana barber shop; R B Knock, ed & prop of VIDETTE, and E R Galloway printer of VIDETTE.
Foreign visitors pronounce the morals of our village above that of other neighberhoods in which they have visited. Trade is good with all our merchants and in fact, one or two more good stocks of general merchandise would be well supported. - Come to Havana!
|Transcribed and Contributed by Sullivan, Donald L|