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Excerpt from Remember When: A Community Review for July 18, 2018
Compiled by Ray Stockman, Janet Burnett, Theresa Megee, Connie Putthoff and Kris Roberts
125 years ago: July 13, 1893
For nearly three months, efforts have been made to form a stock company to run a second paper in the town, and we understand that recently the subscribers to the capital stock met and declared the venture off. This was a wise resolution, for every one of the stock holders would have been severely bitten. We say this without any reflection on the honesty of those working the matter up. The loss would have followed as a natural consequence of dabbling in something the parties knew nothing about.
The past has given evidence that a second paper in Tonganoxie is bound to be a failure. The life of a second paper in small towns is only measured by the amount of money or property the editor has and the persistency with which he adheres to his foolishness. Look around at the second papers you know or have known and see if this isn't so.
One paper in a town of 1,200 or less is sufficient. The editor therefore will never become a capitalist or monopolist out of the proceeds of his labor. He will never make more than a salary out of it, and probably a small one at that. When a paper is once established and conducted creditably, a second paper has no material effect on business, nine times out of ten, for the reason that none but incompetents invade a territory already filled. If the intent of a new paper is to do injury to the old (and most of the new papers have that intention), it is only digging a pit fall into which it falls itself finally.
The would-be newspaper men had a narrow escape from a costly experience.
From the Tonganoxie Mirror February 25, 1915
The old ice plant of the Kansas Condensed Milk Co., originally brought I here by J.W. Reed, the promoter, will be shipped away this week, to Pleasant Hill, Mo. The shipment not only includes the ice making machinery but also the two large boilers. The buyers of the old plant are the Crescent Creamery Company, of Kansas City and they will erect the outfit in Pleasant Hill. A large force of men have been busy the past week, taking apart the machinery.
A Bad Runaway March 25, 1915
When Fount Huffman drove his team around the corner at the home of Dr. Slaughter Saturday morning, the animals got scared and become unmanageable. They straddled a tree in front of the home of Mayor Farrell, and before they got through had knocked out the end of Will Young's spring wagon. Mr. Huffman was thrown out and bruised some, and the buggy and harness were so badly damaged that the wreckage is not worth much. The delivery horse of the Zellner Mercantile Co., got scared at the commotion and badly tore its harness, but did not get away.