Archive for Thursday, July 16, 2009

Some surprising history about Lansing

July 16, 2009

Last week a nice lady named Joy Kozak from Leavenworth brought our museum some information including a library card that belonged to Mrs A. J. Bader, who was Joy’s grandmother. Mrs. Bader lived in Lansing in the early 1900s. Joy also turned in a 1916-1917 Civic Club booklet titled, “A Program of Work and Study.”

The booklet was full of information about this women’s group. They met at 2:30 p.m. on alternating Fridays in the Public Library. There were 49 members listed in this book. The discussion topics were community civics, and their work was community improvement. They had four officers. Mrs. J. T. Faulkner was president. Mrs. D. L. Campell, who ran the large local grocery store, was vice president. The secretary was Mrs. E. C. Landis, and the treasurer was Mrs. W. A. Morgan. They had a Cabinet of seven members. Some of their projects listed were civics, that included community parks and playgrounds, community picture show, good roads campaign, spring house painting campaign, beautiful yard contest, general civic improvement. Listed under Department of Education was the Public Library, weekly visits to the schools by two club members. There was a Department of Homemaking that included a school for homemakers. Another listing was Baby Day Celebration. The also had a Department of Literature and Art that included “May Day Fete.” A Department of Public Functions that covered election dinners and annual picnics. A Department of Public Health that included Spring and Autumn Clean up Days, annual weed cutting day, sanitary inspection of Lansing. The last department mentioned was Social Service that took care of the annual bazaar, The annual municipal Christmas tree and the care of needy families.

Some of the ladies that I actually knew were Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Cherry, whose husband was the Santa Fe Depot agent, Mrs. Landis, whose husband was the treasurer of the Methodist Church, Mrs. Jno. Bedwell, who lived on the corner across from the prison on Second Street, and Mrs. Thorpe, who owned three houses right south of Dr. Moore’s office.

The amazing thing about all this is that this took place before I was born and some of these things our city thought we invented during the 1950s. Remember, in 1929 to 1933 the Depression affected our whole country, including Lansing. Why did the library disappear? Who ran the library and how many books were involved. It is amazing to me that there has been no information about this building that was on Main Street, according to the information that Joy had gotten from her mother.

I really believe this was the beginning of what is now called The Lansing Community Club, which dates to the same year. Now we have a book that proves its very beginning. Wow! Had it not been for our museum, we would not have gotten this early history.

The booklet was printed by the R. E. Davis Printing Company in Leavenworth and very professionally done.

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