The Old Basketball Gym – Walton, Kansas
Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator
With fall sports winding down, it is time to thing about basketball!
Burrton High School Gym, 2017.
Today, most of the gyms student athletes play in are spacious with plenty of room for spectators, but this has not always been the case. Brian Stucky in his book Hallowed Hardwood: Vintage Basketball Gyms of Kansas described gyms built before the 1950s as “old crackerbox basketball gyms . . . with tiny courts, balconies, the wall for out-of-bounds.”
Walton High School was one “crackerbox“gym and a recent donation of photos gives a glimpse into a time gone.
Walton High School after the gym and community building (white structure) was added on, ca. 1925.
Walton Gym, ca 1945. Walton v. Sedgwick. #11 is Ozzie Schmidt.
Walton Basketball Team, ca. 1947. (lt-rt) Arnold Buhler, Ozzie Schmidt, Art Morris, Vernon Yoder, Marion Esau, Clinton Fisher, Laren Woelk, Jack Brubaker, Mr. Nosen.
Walton High Basketball team, 1948. Coach Arnold Buhler and Mr. Nosen
Arnold Buhler graduated from Bethel College and then enlisted in the army during WW2. When he returned home, he worked as superintendent for the Walton school system. He was also the boys basketball coach.
Walton High, Nov. 1964, the edge of the community building and gym is visible on the left.
We Cordially Welcome You . . .
by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator
A booklet published by the Newton Chamber of Commerce in 1949 entitled The Newton Guide:Published for the Out-of-Town Visitor was recently donated.
What was there to see and do in Newton in 1949?
S.E. McCall, President of the Newton Chamber of Commerce, wrote in the introduction;
“We cordially welcome you who are visiting Newton for the first time and to those who have visited here before, we extend a sincere ‘glad to have you back.'”
He noted recent improvements including the “organization of the Industrial Development Corporation, . . . new sewage disposal plant.. . . new fire station. [and] at least 100 new homes and new residential developments.”
The purpose of the 33 page document was to highlight the selling points of Newton and surrounding area. Today, the pamphlet gives us a peak at the community at a specific point in time. We also get an idea of what was deemed most important.
Enjoy this trip back to 1949.
History of Newton
The early beginnings of Newton were briefly mentioned. The focus was on presenting Newton as “a modern city” with schools and churches “rated among the finest in our state.”
“Important Shopping Center”
Homes and Education
Churches, Clubs and Lodges
Shuffleboard, Bowling and Skating
Geography and Climate
If you must leave . . .
Little Treasures: Souvenir Spoons
by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator
While pulling out objects for the Back to the 80s exhibit, I discovered two silver spoons and not just ordinary spoons.
An etching of a school building is on the “spoon” part with a decorative handle that features a “Chief.” The words “High School Building, Newton, Kas” across the top part of the spoon.
In 1888, two new school buildings were constructed, the High School, later named Cooper School, and McKinley School. Perhaps the spoon was created as a memento from the dedication of the new high school in 1888.
The second spoon seems to have been a graduation keepsake. The school is identified as “Cooper School” and the handle is designed to be a young woman graduate. A closer looked revealed the name “Estelle” engraved on the diploma in the woman’s hands.
High School, later named Cooper School. 1888-1913.
Cooper School, Newton High School, was located at E 7th & Oak, Newton, Ks.