Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2012

100 years ago: Soda fountain a delight for the senses

April 25, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 25, 1912:

  • "In many ways the soda fountain at Raymond's is the best known in the state. The running water, the imitation rocks, the spring, ferns, gold fish and all make it the wonder of wonders for children and interesting to all. The growth of the business made the old fountain too small, so without destroying the scenic effect a handsome new marble fountain, with front faucets, has been put in the old and the new each adding to the attraction of the other. The new fountain and the arrangement of the shelving and counters in the front, add greatly to the appearance of the store."
  • "That corporations do have souls was proved here Saturday when the Rock Island stopped one of its trains here so that Mrs. Wallace, who had been taken ill here, might go to her home in Phillipsburg, Kansas. Mrs. Wallace was stricken with apoplexy here. She had been making her home with her daughter Miss Florence Wallace who is attending the University. So serious is her condition that the attending physician, Dr. G. W. Jones, decided that it would be best for her to go to her home and family. The matter was placed before the general passenger agent of the Rock Island in Topeka who with the officials of the Union Pacific arranged to stop in Lawrence."
  • "The rain this morning was very welcome. The country people were especially anxious for it as the ground was getting dry."


LadyJ 5 years, 9 months ago

Too bad no pictures exist except in some families old photo boxes.

Sarah St. John 5 years, 9 months ago

I'm not sure about that either, weiser, but I'm guessing they had some sort of display alongside the actual soda-fountain counter. But no one appears to have taken a picture of it (that I could find) so it's left to our imaginations. This is one of two OHT things that I really wish I could see, because I just can't visualize it. The other is this one from last November:

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