State Historical Society
HAYS, ELLIS COUNTY, KANSAS, JULY 11, 1908.
The Democratic National Convention has nominated William J. Bryan for President and John W. Kern for Vice-President.
Look Out For Insurance Grafters.
Harvey county is being: worked by a
very clever insurance grafter and ve
reprint the following from the Seig
wick Pantagraph as a warning to the
farmers of this vicinity. In taking oat
insurance, as in buying merchandise, it
is always the best plan to do business
with our own citizens. The article is
A smooth grafter, a man about sixty
years of age, worked this locality last
week. He registered here under the
name of D. D. Dows, and claimed to be
insuring threshing machines. He in
sured Jim Cooper's outfit, got $8.00 and
promised to have the company forward
the policy. Jim is out of the $8.00 and
is still waiting for the policy. It is said
that he did quite a business with ma
chine men south of Halstead. So far
as known, Cooper is the only man here
that "insured." But he is not the only
man stuck. The "agent" left a $6.00
board bill unpaid and Landlord Frasier,
who treated his guest fine, even carry
ing lemonade to his room, would like to
meet him a few minutes. He thinks
he could get $6.00 worth of satisfaction
out of him. Jim Ogan is also $14.50
short for livery rigs furnished the phil
anthopist who wanted to protect the
threshing machine men. Mr. Ogan not
only furnished the rigs but paid for a
feed bill at Newton, as the last heard
of the grafter was at Velsh's barn at
Newton, where he left Mr. Ogan's rig.
Jim went up after the rig, paid the feed
bill, and looked around for the grafter,
but failed to find him. The grafter at
times claimed to be representing a
Wichita insurance company, and at
other times his company was located
at St. Louis. He will no doubt try his
graft in other towns in the state, so
exchanges will do well to show him up
before he gets in his work. He regis
ters from Ellsworth.
Coburn Suggests TenEyck for Director.
In the following letter to the editor
of the Kansas Farmer, State Secretary
of Agriculture, F. D. Coburn, suggests
the naming of Prof. A. M. TenEyck as
director of the State Experiment Sta
tions at Manhattan and Hays- TenEyck
is a practical farmer as well as a scien
tist and he would no doubt be very ac
ceptable to the Hays station. Follow
ing is Coburn's letter of recommeda
tion: Editor Kansas Farmer: As the prob
lem of selecting a director for the
Agricultural Experiment Stations at
Manhattan and Hays is soon to be
dealt with and these are "agricultural"
' institutions, I trust there is no imper
tinence in a layman's suggesting that
such director should have some ac
quaintance with agriculture. If he is
a live 'man, abreast of the present
standards . of such work, acquainte d
with the institutions, with the State,
its needs and possibilities, these too
Bhould count for something.
It seems to me we have just such a
tested man, right at hand, in Prof.
A. M. TenEyck. Why not make Ten
Eyck director, and include as a part of
his title, "Professor of Agricultre"
unless the word "agriculture" has
really become obsolete and its further
use is to be tabooed? In spite of its
growing disuse and the dislike of it at
Manhattan it is pretty good yet and
a "professor" at an "agricultural"
college should not be regarded, except
by the fastidious few, as an impropriety
or an indelicacy. F. D. Coburn:
Carnival For Hays City.
For once a carnival will visit Hays
City, j A carnival of fun and amuse
ments, electric lights and sights, Ferris
wheel and merry-go-round, free acts
and brass band.
The Brundage and Fisher Amuse
ment !Co. have the contract and for
five days and nights commencing Tues
day, July 14, weather permitting, they
Will have their various attractions in
full operation for the pleasure, pastime
and amusement of the people of Hays
and Ellis county.
Attractions of all description neces
sary to make up a clean and orderly
carnival will line the midway. A train
ed animal show will be one of the big
tent attractions besides the ever popu
lar Ferris wheel and merry-go-round.
The carnival band will help the mer
riment along on the midway and Capt.
Clieve the daring high dive artist will
furnish his free performance of leaping
from the top of a ninety-foot ladder in
to a fireman's net. Remember the dates
July 14 to 18 inclusive and visit Hays
during the merriment.
On Sunday at 8 p. m. the union ser
vice will be held in the Presbyterian,
Church. Rev. Wiest will preach. Ev
Normal Has Jollification.
A jubilee which waa to have been
held at the Normal Monday evening
was postponed on account of the wet
weather until Tuesday evening. On
that evening quite a number students
and citizens assembled in the new
auditorium and the jollification meeting
was opened by Prof. Picken, who an
nounced the purpose of the meeting.
He spoke at some length on the history
of the school and its wonderful pro
gress in the six years of its existence.
The following interesting statistics
were brought forward as an evidence
of the advancement of the Western
Normal. Number of students belong
ing Sept. 1, 1902, 23; number of stu
dents May 25, 1908, 206. Total enroll
ment at end of first year June 1, 1903,
121; same June 1, 1908, 356. The
school started September 1, 1902 with
three teachers on the faculty. When
school opens this fall fourteen teachers
will be in the employ of the state.
Following Mr.. Picken's speech the
faculty led a jubilee song lauding the
name of H. W. Oshant, Ellis county's
representative who did so much for
the school in the state legislature. Mr.
Oshant responded in a few selected
words and Regent G. P. Griffith of
the State Agricultural College was
called upon for a few words. Mr.
Griffith spoke briefly and pointedly,
congratulating the Normal on its new
buildings, and advocating the establish
ment of a domestic science and a music
course as soon as possible. Following
this were several other speeches by
leading citizens of Hays, H. D.' Shaf
fer, E. A. Rea, C. M. Wann, Harry
Pestana. Mr. Fite of Indiana also
spoke a few words highly commenda
tory of the school. E. F. A. Clark
who has built most of the buildings at
the Normal made what he said was the
the first speech of his life, congratulat
ing the school on it3 rapid advancement
and thanking the people for the cour
teous treatment accorded him during
his two visits to Hays.
After the speaking and singing the
meeting adjourned to the campus for
fireworks. The. Turner Art Exhibit
which was on display in the gymnasium
was opened to all the visitors free-of-charge.
Booksellers are wondering why the
sale of novels is away below normal.
The reason is evident to a newspaper
man. The reader ro longer goes to the
book store and planks down $1.50 for
the current novel. Instead he reads it
in his home newspaper at $1.00 or $1.50
a year and saves money.
Through the auxiliary houses it is
now possible for the new newspaper
publisher to secure the great novels at
a nominal sum. The cheap novel is
seldom handled, the auxiliary houses
going after the biggest sellers for their
customers. No name i3 too great to
appeal to auxiliary managers, for they
sell the story again and again and
make the selling price small individual
ly. The Denver (Colo.) Republican
"When newspaper readers get the
very best of modern novels served to
them under such conditions it is not
strange that there are fewer tremen
dous sales of bound books. There will
always be a healthy demand for .the
finished product, of course, but in the
meantime the influence of the first class
newspaper serial, such as the Republi
can is now running, is bound to be po
tent." Fourth Of July Picnic.
The following young people held a
social picnic m the Normal park on the
afternoon and evening of July 4th : The
Misses Henrietta Oshant, Amy Swires,
Mabel Rowlison, Charlotte, Ruth and
Katherine Brown, Henrietta Meyer,
Lillian Picken, Myrtle Ramsey, Lizzie
Troth, Grace and Eva Hubbard, Nellie
Reeder, Sophia Dickinson, and Myrtle
Wyatt and Milicent Wilcox of Salina,
Messrs. Ward, Middlekauff, Decker,
Davies, Oshant, Tredway, Matthew,
Freese. The main excitement of the
evening consisted in an accident which
might have resulted seriously but for
the prompt action of Mr. Tredway.
One of the young ladies, who were all
shooting firecrackers, was sitting on a
bench with a piece, of lighted "punk"
in her hand and a bunch of firecrackers
in her lap. Unconsciously her hand fell
in her lap and before either she or the
young man with whom she was sitting
realized what had happened the' fire
crackers were going off in her lap. The
prompt assistance of two of the young
men put out the fire but only after her
dress had been pretty badly burned.
It is safe to say that at least one Hays
young lady will remember the picnic
for days to come.
Bryan For Third Trial.
The National Democratic Convention
met in Denver this week. Bell of Cali
fornia was made the temporary-chairman,
with Mr. Clayton of Arkansas as
In the Kansas delegation, John At
wood was re-elected as National Com
mitteeman and Hon. W. A. Hawis on
the committee on Resolutions. .
Contests on the Resolutions and Cre
dentials kept the convention in session
until Thursday evening when the candi
dates were named and at four o'clock
Friday morning William Jennings Bryan
was nominated for President.
The following article from the Grin
nell Record will be of interest to the
residents in the east end of the county.
Geo. Robben, Jr., the fortunate man
of the occasion, is a nephew of William
Robben of Walker.
"Tuesday, over in the German settle
ment north of this city occurred one of
those big weddings that the Germans
are noted for. This time Miss Mabel
Caldwell and George Robben, Jr., were
the contracting parties and the princi
pals to the event. The ceremony took
place at the St. Paul's Catholic church
at Angelus, the priest over there offi
ciating. The ceremony was performed
at 9 o'clock in the morning, a number
of the friends and relatives of the two
families witnessing. Miss Caldwell is
the daughter of Mrs. Caldwell, one of
the oldest families of that locality, is a
bright young lady having been a suc
cessful school teacher for the past
several years, has a host of friends
both in and out of the church to which
she belongs and where she is a regular
attendant, besides she is a good steady
girl and one of the settlements best
productions. The groom is the son of
George Robben, a prosperous and sub
stantial farmer, and comes also of one
of the best families of that section. He
is actively engaged at and is making a
success of farming, owning land north
of Campus where he and his bride now
reside. A bountiful wedding dinner
was served consisting of all the delica
cies of the market and was. an elabor
ate affair. Peculiar to the custom of
the Germans on such events, dancing
was enjoyed until a late" hour by a
large number present at the home of
the newly wedded-couple. A magnifi
cent collection of useful and attractive
presents were presented them by their
many admirers." Grinnell Record.
The Essex Opening.
Two of the most enjoyable events in
Havs social circle for many years took
place last Friday and Saturday evenings
on the occasion of the opening of the
Essex Club building in this city.
The formal opening by the club mem
bers and their ladies was held Friday
evening. Dancing began shortly after
nine o'clock and lasted until midnight,
when they adjourned to the Brunswick
Annex where a bountiful banquet a
waited them. The feast lasted about
an hour and a half and the merry-makers
then returned to the club house
where dancing continued two hours
longer. By arrangements with the El
ectric Light Co. the lights and electric
fans were kept going until the conclu
sion of the dancing.
On Saturday evening a reception was
given to the general public and dancing
was indulged in from nine o'clock until
midnight. A very large crowd was
present and the ball room floor was
crowded until about eleven o'clock when
the crowd began to thin out. Quite a
number of out of town visitors were
AH in all the opening days were a
big success and will mark an era in the
history of the Essex Club of Hays.
The ball room was appropriately deco
rated for the Fourth of July and the
fuur large fans kept the room cool.
The parlor and. reading room on the
second floor are both handsomely fur
nished and are very cosy. The 'wall
paper on the various rooms is quite ap
propriate and is the finest that money
could buy. Nearly everyone was much
surprised at the beautiful way in wh'ch
the interior of the old building has been
remodeled. It i3 certainly a credit to
the enterprising young men of the club.
St,. John's Military School Salina, Kans.
We have received the July issue of
the "Salina Watchman," which gives
considerable space to St. John's Mili
tary School, Salina, Kansas. The views
give an idea of its excellent buildings,
and of several phases of military life,
showing cadets who are well set-up and
soldierly in bearing. St. John's is an
old School, having been founded in 18SS,
and is the only military school (in the
strict sense") in Kansas. It has a de
partment for boys under fourteen.
TTe Way It, Was Done.
When the state board of regents
were in session at Emporia last week
and the question of extending the
course at the Western State Normal
at Hays was brought up, it was sub
mitted by the board to their secretary,
L. B. Kellogg, to find out whether or
not such a step could be legally made.
Mr. Kellogg was not able to decide the
matter so he referred it directly to
Fred Jackson, attorney general of Kan
sas. The following letter from him
was the official decision on which the
Board of Regents of the State Normal
School extended the course to a four
year's course with a life diploma.
July 3, 1908.
L. B. Kellogg, Esq.
Sec'y. Board of Regents,
Dear Sir: In your letter of June 30th
you submit the following: "Can the
Board of Regents under the present
laws issue- to the graduates of the aux
iliary normal schools at Hays and Pitts
burg diplomas which will be a life cer
tificate to teach in the public schools of
the state upon completion by such
graduates of a four year's course of
study in the State Normal School at
Emporia for which life certificates are
issued by that institution?"
Thie question involves aa examination
of certain Statutes; Section 7443 of the
Generrl Statutes of 1905 provides for a
two year's course of study at the Ft.
Hays branch of the state normal school.
This section is a part of-the Law of
1901, and the purpose of that Act was
to confine the work of the Ft. Hays
Normal School to mere preparation for
the State Normal School at Emporia.
Section 7513, Id., being part of the law
of 1903 establishing auxiliary manual
training school at Pittsburg provided
that the course in that institution
should not extend over two years.
Until the passage of Chapter 388 of
the Session Laws of 1905, it is clear
that only a two year's course could be
maintained either at the Ft. Hays Nor
mal or at the Pittsburg Manual Train
ing School, and until the passage of
said act of 1905 the only power of the
State Normal School to confer diplomas
wa3 Section 7472, General Statutes of
The last act, however, supersedes the
law limiting the course of study in the
Ft. Hays and Pittsburg schools, and
supersedes Section 7472. It is perhaps
needless to say whether the law of 1905
ao completely covers the subject matter
of these earlier acts as to repeal them
in toto. The law of 1905 authorizes the
Board of Regents of the State Normal
School to fix courses of study for
the State Normal School and its aux
iliaries, the Ft. Hays and Pittsburg
schools, and to extend the courses al
ready in existence; and establishes nor
mal courses of not less than three years
in the schools at Ft. Hays and at Pitts
burg, and provides that in so doing the
Regents shall not be limited by any of
the restrictions heretofore made as to
subjects or length of courses in either
of said schools. The Law of 1905 fur
ther provides that the Board of Regents
may issue one year certificates to teach
school on the completion of the first
two year's course at any of these
schools, Emporia, Ft. Hays or Pitts
burg, a diploma may be issued which
shall be valid as a certificate to teach
in the public schools for three years,
and if used successfully in public school
teaching for two years out of the three,
shall be merged into a life certificate
by the State Board of Education, under
Section 6742, Id.
The second section of the Act of 1905
also empowers the Board of Regents to
confer such degrees as it may deem
In view of the foregoing, it is clear
that the Board of Regents under the
present laws may issue to graduates of
the Ft. Hays and Pittsburg schools di
plomas which will in time merge into
Jife certificates to teach in the public
schools of the state, pursuant to the
same regulations by which diplomas be
come life certificates for graduates of
the parent school at Emporia. And it
is not necessary, under the present ex
isting laws, for a student to attain to
such diploma to be matriculated -at
Emporia at all. His whole scholastic
course may be completed either at Ft.
Hays or at Pittsburg. The important
matter being that the student complete
the work, and it i3 immaterial whether
his work be done at the parent school
of Emporia, or at either of its auxiliar
ies. So far as this opinion pertains to the
Pittsburg Manual Training School, .it is
written without an examination of the
possible question of its being an aux
iliary state normal school for the rea
son that your question assumes it to be
such. That the Ft. Hays School is an
integral part of the State Normal, the
Statutes :have made too clear for any
cavil. Yours truly,
F. S. Jackson, Attorney General!
A,n attraction by the
urundage and Fislier
K ? ''.
Trained Animals, - - Electric Palace,
Merry Widow Girls, House' of Trouble,
Big Snake, - Pongo, the Giant Gorrila
Fire Fighters, - - - Trip to the Moon,
Merry-go-round, Ferris Wheel.
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FREE I FREE ! FREE I
Captain Clieve in his sensational high dive from the top
of a ninety-foot ladder. Free on the Midway.
14th to 18th
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