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'a LARGEST PAID CIRCULATION OF ANY PAPER IN SOUTHWEST KANSAS TOL, XV. NO. 30 LIBERAL, SEWARD COUNTY, KANSAS, JANUARY 12, 1922 By J. B. MILLER THE LIBE lltw Methodist , Church Dedicated T7 ' n.Li tftuj)aid Balance Over Sub , cribed by $4,000.00.' Pro . aoinced Finest Methodist Church in Southwest Kansas Conference Last Sunday was a memorable day far Liberal, over 1,600 people crowd lag the doors of the Methodist church to witness the dedication of that Magnificent temple, which the faith ful, energetic people had erected at a eost of $110,000.00. Bishop Ernest Linn Waldorf, resi- hmi Bishop of the Wichita area,! reached a splendid sermon, an an-i taon by the choir, Mr. Powell Weav m ef Kansas City, presiding at the pine organ, was a delightful feature 1 the day. The morning service was outstand ing in that the congregation sub scribed $1,000 per minute for a per W of forty-three minutes. The fi nrial goal for the day was $45,000 tat when the books were closed af ,,tor the evening service it was found 'issmt the two congregations of the slsy had over-subscribed some $4,000 ad accordingly the magnificent edi e was dedicated free of all debt. The afternoon service was well at- j j . ,. .. tended and inspiring. Rev. William .. . 'a . Secretary of the Wichita Area, preached the sermon, and it was a real pleasure for his old congrega- . . men and friends to hear him again At the close of the service all enjoy . ed a pleasant time together. Bishop Waldorf preached again in -Mm evening to a splendid audience, " rYeeedtng the sermon Mr. Powell Weaver gave a thirty-minute recital . the pipe organ, and closed the warrant of dedicaton week in a ' nteaning manner. ' ' The dedication of the building free ' ed debt was an achievement not to Repassed over lightly When the . ' ftaas were first made for the build- . lag, conditions were different from - tftoae of today, and the fact that the '. committee was able to build so eco nomically and so well is a feat of '' .' Management The total cost was $110,000.00, VWt the material was sold to the com mittee at cost, and It Is said that had .ft not been for this, it would have heen impossible, to have sach a large savd complete building. 'A very pleasing feature of the morning service was the magnificent rift of the C. M. Light and Paul W. v ' Light families. Although both had . already contributed heavily,- when - the call was made for subscriptions . the announcement came that the two families would pay the entire cost of the pipe organ, which was $.7000.00. This was entirely unexpected and fally appreciated. It was a fine . thing to do, and to show this a tab let will .be erected in the foyer of the building. Two windows were de-Heated . as "memorial windows, one on the east, and one on the west side of the hnilding. One of these will be dedicated to Ctomdma Smith, nfother of Geo. S. Smith and T. J Smith, because of her long and faithful service as a mem- . : her of the Board of Stewards. Mrs. Smith was the oldest member in the - work at the time of her death. The ether window will be dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Paramore, old members of the congregation who , have passed on to the other world. . V The building committee has work- d tirelessly for more than a year that the structure be as complete as possible, and their efforts show in the areful working out of the slightest . ' detail. This committee with Rev. A. at. Henry as chairman, was composed f Paul W. Light, Bert Dubois, M. H. Scandrett, E. D Cooper, T. J. . Smith, Warren Zimmerman, T. B. Moore, and J. N. Evans. To these i . men the congregation and the city ef Liberal Is Indebted for a structure which is' a credit to the city and the ; Southwest The church . is 66x106 feet out- sde-measurement, with a Seating ca- parity of 850. However, at the Sun day morning service there were 1600 persons by actual count in the build- x mg. -; ' r, " On the basement floor is a well . eraipped kitchen and a sub-kitchen, mote r"m. n".' J )? a's" leeaied the Beginners, Primary anl I THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK HOLDS ELECTION OFFICERS ' - W Law hlected Cashier. No Change In Board of Directors. A Good, Showing' The annual stockholders meeting of the first National Bank was held Jan uary 10, at which time officers and di rectors were elected for the coming year. But one change was made, C. W. Law being elected as cashied in place of C. E. Woods. ' ,. The list is as follows: J. E. George, President, L. A. Etzold, Vice President. C .E. Woods, Vice President C. W. Law, Cashier. C. E. Woods has been cashier of the bank from the start and desired to be relieved of some of the detail work, 80 Mr- w was chosen in that capac- ity. ' Mr .Law has been with the First National for the past six years, and has a close insight into the institution and will be able to fill the place to the satisfaction of the patrons and the of ficials. 1 Mr. Woods will continue to occupy .his accustomed place however and will continue to be actively connected with the business of the situation. The 'report of the year's business was very satisfactory despite adverse conditions in the agricultural world, and the officers feel that the year to come will see- much mprovement. T . . . . ,. Junior departments. This space may ... . . r also be used as a banquet room seat- i ing several hundred persons. On the main floor is the audito rium with a normal seating capacity of 850, pastor's study, church sec retary's office, church parlor, moth ers' rest room and nursery, as well as several class rooms. In the rear of these is the Sunday school secre tary's office, intermediate depart ment and class rooms. This section will also be used as the Ep worth League room and just off this is a kitchenette. There is ' also a sub-basement, where is located the boilers for heat ing the building and the fuel supply is outside the building in a basement. The heating, lighting and ventila ting system is most complete and ef ficient, and the furnishings through out are in keeping with the building. . Bishop Waldorf, in his talk, pro noune'ed the building the finest Meth odist church in the Southwest Kan sas Conference. Since Wichita and Hutchinson, Dodge City, Newton and other cities of importance are includ ed in this conference, this is deemed a splendid testmonial to the deter-J mination of the Methodist people of this city. Practically all the funds used in erecting the buildng were contributed within the congregation, and they are to be commended for the .part they have taken in further ing the work of the church and the welfare of te county. Thp people are not unmindful of Rev. A. E. Henry, the pastor, who first suggested the idea of such a structure in this part of Kansas, and in cooperation with the huil'Mng com mttee, made the dream a reality. The evening service was the beginning of an evengelistic campaign, to continue four weeks, conducted by Rev. Hen ry, assisted by Willis H. Germany, pastor's assistant and chorus direc tor. The services Sunday were the cli max of the Dedication exercises, which began on Wednesday night, when the building was thrown open for visitors, and the 1000 people who inspected the building that night, en joyed the social hour and the re freshments. Thursday evening the auditorium was packed for the organ recital by Mr. Powell Weaver, and on Friday evening the church wel comed the former pastors. Rev. A. M. Wilkinson, Rev. W. T. Ward, Rev. L. R. Hoff and Rev. E. N. Cunning ham, who briefly surveyed the work of Methodism here, leading up to this wonderful dedicatory event Rev. A. E. Henry and the Build ing Committee were the designing factors in the planning of this church. It is their purpose to show what a church in a town of this size can accomplish particularly in the line of religious education for the children and young people. With so complete a church, so perfectly adapted for the work desired, It Is evident that this part of our state will feel the profound impress of the ; work accomplished within the walls, and extending far and near. Services continue each evening, except Monday, at 7:30, and the us-' ual hours on Sunday. STOCKHOLDERS MET. TUESDAY AFTERNOON Seward County Oil 4b Gas Company Held a Very Satisfactory ' ' Meeting The annual Stockholders' meeting of the Seward ' County Oil & Gas Company was held at the court house Tuesday afternoon and a good num ber was present -from Liberal and surrounding country. - The report of the officers wbb read and approved. The . report showed that the hole was down more than 1,800 feet, and everything in good condition. After this, the election of direc tors was held. Upon motion, the men who have formed the directorate the past year were placed in nomina tion. This was seconded, when a motion was made that nominations be . closed, the rules suspended and the election be made by application. This carried and the same fellows who have had carried the load for the past year, will remain in charge of affairs. They are as follows: Ezra Shorb, President, ' ' ( C. E. Woods, Vice President, Frank 'Summers, Secretary, W. O. Woods, Treasurer. ( J. E. George, J. C. Mahoney, D. A. M. Morrow, Chas. Summers, Ralph Colvin. This was a vey wise move as it would be difficult to find a bunch who could do as well as these men. . Several times when finances were low, they dug down deep and bought I more stock to keep things moving, i and they have given the business irood attention and supervision. It was pointed out that in less than a ' year the north well was sunk as deep as the west well was in three years which speaks well for management and drillers alike,-and there never was the money back of the' work there was In the west test. It was voted to dispose of the re maining $19,000 worth of stock to drill the well to the 3,000 foot level. Means of disposing of this stock were discussed and it was suggested that the Liberal Chamber of Com merce, the Lions Club and the Ro tary Club be asked to get back of the proposition. A committee was appointed to meet these organiza tions in the Interest of this propo sition. There is just one thing now to be considered in connection with the drilling of this test. The directors cannot be expected to finance the well to completion, for the- bringing ing in of an oil or gas well will be of dollar value to every citizen of . the town and country. It must be. taken up as a community enterprize and put across as other propositions ; for the public good. The Democrat I feels that every booster organize- j tion can well get back of the com pany from a public interest stand point. If this field is to be developed quickly the home people must get, busy. It is a fallacy to expect some I one else to come and drill wells to make us rich. The McQuigg foiks are gentlemen of business and will finish their wells when it is to their : .interest to do so. That may be next . week or next year. They 'owe us nothing, and while all' hope that they will get busy early in the spring there is nothing to guarantee this, as conditions of the oil market may ! be such that they cannot do so. The part of wisdom would be to make this a real community propo sition, every man takilng a little stock and boosting it to his friends. No one need dig as hard as the di rectors have; they are not asking this, but i they feel that there should be more public interest' in the pro position, and there should, Away from Liberal there Is keen interest In the work of drilling this test. The publip is watching the progress, and the truth of the matter is that there Is more interest away from Liberal than there is, right here at home. This should not be, for it is Liberal that will benefit the most from', strike. 1 a We hope to be able to report next week that the three organizations the Chamber of Commerce, Lions and 1 Rotarians have entered a big racej to see which can dispose of the most j stock, and that they have cleaned j up the remainder In the treasury. This would (be a great race and the losers might treat the winners to a banquet. ' " . , ' " j.H. M. MCQUIGG RETURNED TO LIBERAL WEDNESDAY Is Maknig Preparations to Resume Work on the Bunting W ell Southwest of Town H. M. McQuigg of the . McQuigg1 The first basket ball game of the Investment company returned to Lib- season will be played here next Fri eral Wednesday morning. ,It will be day night in the old Tabernacle, Lib remembered that this company, which eral high school and Dodge City fur is a private corporation composed of nishing the contest. M. V. McQuigg and hs sons, H. M. Until this time Liberal has had no and Frank, recently took over the bulk place to play, and as a consequence, of the holdings of the Traders Oil has had no games. The remodeling Corporation in the Liberal field. The deal included the gas well on the Boles tions from the school board and the farm and the well and equipment on Liberal business men, and now there the Bunting farm. j is a good place to play. When interviewed by a Democrat' It is hardly necessary to ask that reporter soon after his arrival, Mr. there be a good attendance at this McQuigg said that the length of his first game. So many have been anx stay in Liberal was indefinite, as he Ions to see a game that it is likely might stay but a few days and then that the building will be crowded when it might be weeks. Asked as to his the opening whistel blows. Howevr plans Mr. McQuigg said that as soon there is a lot of room and everyone as the details could be arranged they should be on hand early to get a good expected to "hit the ball" and devel- ope the field as quickly as possible, "It will likely be sixty days" said Mc- Qiugg, "before we start drilling, and crowd of rooters might be the decid it may be longer.' We wfll start on Ing point of the game, so get off on the Bunting test with standard tools, and it is going to take some time to make the change. We believe we have gone as deep as is practical with the rotary outfit." Mr. McQuigg seemed to be glad to be back in Liberal. He confessed that he liked the country and the folks here and that he still had al faith in the productivity of the Liberal field. Comparing the Liberal and Amanlla fields he said that he understood that no oil was struck until after the drill had penetrated a deeper sand than than which contained the gas, and that he anticipated lie same condition in this' field. He is positive that there is oil in this vicinity, whether or not the pres- ent tests result in producers. The qual ity of the gas in the Boles tese he be - lieves is proof that oil exists in close proximity and he has hopes that the Bunting well s favorably located. The coming of Mr. McQuigg caused a revival of interest in oil circles and oil is the topic of most conversaton in the city. HUNDREDS HEARD THE PIPE ORGAN RECITAL ' Powell Weaver, Organist; Mrs. Bnrch Voice, Gave Splendid Program In the New Church For the first time in the history of Peoples Oil 4 Supply Co. Liberal an audience was treated to a Cnall. Summers A Sons pipe organ recital, when Powell Wea-jp Mnrchison, D. C. D. Garage, ver, organiBt of the Grand Avenue (Soutn gjde Second Hand Store. Methodist church of Kansas City came Tice's South Side Grocery to perform on the organ in the new'nncx cfe Methodist church. Thirty minutes before the time for the recital, the building was filled to its capacity and hundreds who came later could not gain entrance. The program was an elaborate one, comprising the choicest works of the master composers of the world, and Mr., Weaver proved himself a master, One of the most pleasing numbers was one of his own compositions "Lo Soiattolo". He was asisted by Mrs. Mary Burch who rendered three vocal selections with Mrs. C. Earl Ames as accompan-! iest. Mrs. Burch has a splendid voice and she was heartily encored. The recital was given without charge by the Methodist folks and has set a new standard for musical events in the city. The new organ is a splendid instrument and In the hands of so talented a musician as Powell Weaver is capable of making music which inspires and delights. NEW RAILROAD IS WITHIN 1-4 MILE OF NEW TOWN Steel Laid To Within Short Distance of Archer, the New Town on The Krjeble Farm ' Work is progressing very satisfac- torily on the Kansas & Oklahoma railroad. The graders are beyond the townsite of Archer on the Krieble farm and the steel is laid within a quarter of a mile of the townsite. The townsite is platted and a well is be- ing sunk and a water tank erected. Some dissatisfaction arose over the nothing at this time to nterfere with route of the survey but this has been satisfactorily adjusted and there is norning 10 mienere Hi inis nine wim What is claimed to be the state. rC' cord for steel laying was made Mon (lay, when acrew of 50 men laid 8100 feet of track. This certainly speaks well for Mr. Byers' crew. i ' Supt. Hodges has gone to Kansas City to ship out a lot of steel to run the line into Stevens county, TO HAVE BASKET BALL GAME HERE FRIDAY EVENING L. H. S. and Dodge City are to Have First Contest in the Old Tabernacle of the Tabernacle was done thru dona-. place. j The Liberal team may be a little nervous for the first game and a good little steam and cheer the players to victory. MtKtHANia iu uivl iunit ai iajU1, Free Tickets Will be Distributed by Many of the Business Firms of the City business men of Liberal have contraeted for the Majestic Theater each Saturday afternoon, and will Kive out Free "rjclets to the show, Good proeramB are to be run, and on Saturday afternoon all may see the ghow at the expenSe of the business men Those whose names appea In thi8 artjc,0 wi have the frce ticketSi Afk or a8 a wi be gad to giye them out . Mana(?cr Al'Nclson mode a canvas of th buinegg firmi the flrst of the k and the ifrnaturM to ,1 tmtn Weh .made .the Free Matinee poggible. The free tickets are fof the afternoon matinee oniy, , advigcd get their tIcketg and (be and thfl peopIe from the country are l the theater early to get seats. The ' nt show starts at 1 o'clock sharp. j This is a booster proposition for the benefit of the people and they are invited to attend. Those who have tickets are as fol lows: Sanford Hotel . Liberal Democrat . Liberal News RU(.ker & Scott, Real Estate I Roy e Davis barber shop I pow;ll Bros., Pullman. Cafe pe0ples Cash Grocery The Tire Hospital j b0ics Dry Goods store , Longwell Up-to-date Shoe Shop Klcan Klothes Klean Calvert Bros., Grocery cash &. Carry Grocery , ueai Bakery Lincoln Cafe : Ragle, Grocery Taylor's Drug Store . Trimm's Barber shop gnej Auto Top Co. puj Onions, Shoe Expert . j q k Radiator Shop . y, q Hahn's Tailor Shop j Gorman's Store Wilkins. Jewelers and Optometrists Mi-Lady's Hat Shop Ellington's barber shop Briggs Co.k Furnishing store Chamber of Commerce Dubois & Ravenscroft Spradling'i Men'i Ftrrnlshinga Burke Shoe Shop ) Burton D. Mann, Dodge agency Exlde Battery Station r.ltv Market Ruest.g Novelty' Works . , R'f?sle Bros Grocery 'Purity Meat Mearket ; Liberal Undertaking Co. jgdon Ddiey I . Q. te , " . Liberal Light Co. Star Grocery jigon Furniture store g g - Bakery ' T. L. Gray & Son, Furniture White House Thirst Parlor Southwestern Hardware store Liberal Electric & Wiring Co. . Wallace Roehr was visiting in the city Sunday.11 - ROTARY CLUB HAS RECEIVED CHARTER Rotarians From Dodge City and Bitch, inson Come to Help the Fellows Celebrate Tuesday, January 10th, will kmc be remembered by the Rotarians of Liberal, for on that date their elnb was ushered into the world In a set- ting not to be forgotten At about seven o'clock that even ing sixty to seventy-five sat down to dinner at the Cimarron hotel, all friends and comrades, thongh our half had never seen the other half before. Thirty-five Rotarians from Dodge City, and a dozen from Hutch inson came to "sit at meat" with the twenty in the club here thnt was to receive its charter and be instructed in the duties of Rotary. The committee in charge of ar rangements had carried out the pre- liminarles perfectly, and the dining room was filled with a pleased and Jolly crowd . After an invocation by Rev. Robert T. Botting, chaplain of the Dodge City club, dinner was served and such a dinner; but Man ager Moss has a way of getting up just such. During the dinner a piano was brought in from "somewhere", and business stopped right there while Carl Miller made every body sing. And it wasn't hard to get them to do It either, "For the're jolly gooi fellows". Of course the dinner had to wait every time someone said, "another song". When no one coald eat anymore, Chairman Jack Evans MlTed for a naddress by Vern Wiley of Hutchinson. You know Wiley, (excuse the familiarity, the club rale demands it), is called hither and yon over the state to counsel and address Y. M. C. A., and other meetings, and a pleasing and helpful talk was ex- , pected and enjoyed. At the presentation of the charter Ross Burns, Governor of the Seven teenth District, made a short address which .was -well received, and War--, ren Zimmerman responded to it. G. L, Light, president of the Lions cwb, wss present as a guest, and was ask ed for a speech, which he gave, to the delight of every one. He closed by reading and presenting to the Club a set of resolutions that were passed by the Lions club when the Rotary club was first formed; the resolutions to be presented when the charter should be delivered. This act of thoughtful courtesy was ap preciated very much (more singing). The formal address of the evening by Governor Ross Bums, was a mas terful and inspiring presentation of the duties nnd opportunities of Ro tarians, In all the relations of citi zenship. That closed the formal ex ercises (more singing). Chnirman Evans introduced Father Botting to the crowd, and stated that both had attended the same school in Londo . without knowing each other, and that their sons had attended St. John's school at Salina, without knowing ' ench other. All present were invited to visit the Liberal Auto company garage, the new M. E. church and the aew Tucker Thcnter. All marvelled that this town had such n fine church and praised the ambition and the courage that could hold their course through the difficulties of these try ing years. At the beautiful Tucker Theater the Dodge City and Hutchinson boys turned themselves loose for an hour. They sang, they danced, they made speeches, they guyed everybody, they "Old Jack Evans, he's a wonder, and the boys, they cried, by thunder" etc. And they sang "They say Warren Zimmerman ain't got ne style, ain't got no style, ain't got no -style," etc. How did the Dodge City . Rotary contrive to get so many good lingers into their club? They're all representative business men and cftl , zens too, and "they'e jolly good fel- . lows". The Liberal Rotary club appre ciates the courtesy and goodfellbw shlp that prompted the visit of Dodge City and Hutchinson Rotarians, and will look back to the occasion with increasing pleasure. Dr. W. O. Nelson closed a dual lost week for an 80-acre farm, formerly 1 owned by J. M. Scarbrough, . five miles south and two east of Lbrena. The Doctor also bought the cattVe, horses and implements. ' He has set given out what he intends doing 1 the newly acquired property. ''