Glimpses of History Given Concordia
Fifty people attended the postponed meeting of the Cloud County Historical society Thursday evening in the public meeting room at the courthouse and heard two interesting talks.
The first speaker of the evening was Mrs. Ross E. Weaver who said her grandparents came here when her mother was 14 years old. Mrs. Weaver related her father, Thomas Wrong, was mayor and the first sidewalk other than those on Sixth Street, was one built to the family home on West Seventh street. Mrs. Weaver said she was born in a house that stood where the present Baptist church now stands. The speaker recalled many interesting and amusing events of her childhood; small boys gathering the towns peoples cows each morning and evening and bringing them to or from pastures near by; skating on Hinman's pond and picking daisies in the pastures that are now Elmhurst, the Country Club and Blossers; the lovely old cottonwood trees that were all along Sixth street; getting warmed at the light plant after skating on the on the river above the dam; horses to ride or drive to the bridge over the river on the old road between Concordia and Rice; the Fourth of July ride on the steamboat operating on the river and other reminiscences that brought back similar memories to the older folks in the group.
The second speaker was Steve White who told of the travels and adventures of his grandfather White who was born in Virginia in 1814 and killed by the Indians in Cloud county in 1868. The speaker told of his pioneer ancestor's travels from Virginia, to Wisconsin and then to California by wagon to Sutters Mill and the gold rush, then went by boat to Panama and across to the east shore by mule. Another boat took him across the Gulf of Mexico and up the Mississippi to his home. Mr. White said his grandfather then went to Nebraska in 1865 and later came to Kansas where he met hid death by Indians while putting up hay along the Republican river. It was during this raid that the speaker's aunt and a Mrs Morgan were taken prisoners by Indians and held for several months before being freed by militia.
A film "The 34th Star," was shown and gave some interesting pictures of historic, recreation, scenic and industrial phases of Kansas. John Wright was projectionist
Robert Hanson, president of the society, presided at the meeting; Mrs. Sid Knapp read the minutes of the last meeting. Joe Dutton introduced the speakers. Mrs. Lee Stanford was in charge of the program. Refreshments were served following the meeting.
Blogger's note: Steve White's kidnapped aunt would have been Sarah C. White
A receipt form the Cloud County Historical Society shows that Mrs. John Shaver donated to that organization:
- Hand made gown made in 1869 bu Lucy E Adkins, mother of Mrs. John Shaver
- Tatting made in 1869 by Lucy E Adkins, mother of Mrs. John Shaver
- Baby Jacket handmade by Lucy E Adkins Shaffer in 1871
- Child Panties made by Lucy E Adkins Shaffer in 1879
- Photograph of interior of Charles Shaver barbershop in 1900. (brother of John Shaver)