Archive for Thursday, July 28, 2011

100 years ago: New bank moving in, cigar factory on its way out

July 28, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 28, 1911:

  • “Lawrence is to have a new bank. For some time Lewis Creeck, formerly president of the First National Bank of Bonner Springs, has been anxious to re-enter the banking business and he has selected Lawrence for his operations. The new bank will have a capital of $50,000 and $2,500 has been put in the surplus fund to start with. The bank will occupy the building where Fischer’s shoe store is now located. It is expected that the new bank will be ready for business about Sept. 1. and it will be known as the Lawrence State Savings Bank.”
  • “Boener Bros. are contemplating moving their cigar factory from here to Kansas City because of the high freight rates that they must pay on cigars shipped out of here. This was made known at the meeting of the Merchants’ association last night, and that organization has undertaken to see if something cannot be done to retain this factory in Lawrence. The Boener factory was among the first factories to be started in Lawrence and gives employment to quite a number of people and Lawrence is anxious to keep it here.”
  • “The man with the bogus check that he attempted to cash on the street Saturday night is still at large with the check in his possession. He was last seen at the West End Grocery and an attempt was made to hold him there, but he gave his pursuers the slip and they have been unable to hear anything more of him.”


George_Braziller 4 years, 2 months ago

Is there any practical way to list the current equivalent addresses when the original article reads "The bank will occupy the building where Fischer’s shoe store is now located"?

The "1898 Souvenir History of Lawrence" lists places as "Home of Mr. and Mrs. John Doe" with no physical address, but since there is a photograph you can usually figure it out if the house is still standing.

Also the east-west street names. I know some of the original names, but I'll bet few people have a clue that Sixth Street was originally Pinckney Street, thus the reason there is a Pinckney Elementary School and a Pinckney Neighborhood.

Sarah St. John 4 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions! I have been trying to find a business directory for that year (or at least that decade) but no luck yet -- fingers crossed! And yes, I should post a list of the old street names or permanently link it to OHT or something. :-/

BTW I loved how today's and yesterday's were sort of like Chad Lawhorn's current "Town Talk" column, 1911 version!

George_Braziller 4 years, 2 months ago

The public library has the old directories back to the late 1800s (at least they used to). The oldest of them are a bit of a challenge to use because everything is only listed alphabetically by name. I was trying to do some research on who had lived in my house and I ended up having to scan every listing looking for the address. The later ones have listings by both name and address.

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