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.

Newton Guide

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”

City Government

 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.

Cedar Village Memories in Photos

Recently on Facebook, we posted a photo of the Cedar Village Shopping Center, 11th & Washington Rd, Newton, Ks.

It sparked so many good memories, we thought to share a few more photos from our collection.

Cedar Village Businesses in 1954

Photos from the Newton Kansan April 1, 1954 announcing the formal opening of Cedar Village Shopping Center, Newton, Ks.

Village Cafe, Cedar Village, Mr. & Mrs Ed Greer.

Faye Peterson, “Faye’s” carried women’s clothing.

Ball Pharmacy. Identified lt-rt: Margaret Smith, Nellie Patton, Floyd Ball

Stucky’s IGA. Boyd Delcamp (lt) Jean Baumgartner (rt)

Moore’s IGA Food Store, 1950s

Moore’s Men & Boys Wear, Moore’s Five & Dime, located in Cedar Village on Washington Rd., ca. 1955

Moore’s IGA, 1020 Washington, Newton, 1955

Interior Moore’s IGA Food Store, 1029 Washington Rd, Newton, Ks

Can you spot the Spam?

Aftermath of Fire

A fire on December 7, 1958 destroyed the shopping center.

December 7, 1958.

Rebuilding Cedar Village

Three views showing the construction of the new shopping center using pre-stressed concrete.

Cedar Village Shopping Center

Grand Reopening!


Newton Kansan Progress Edition, February 10, 1960

Hall Pharmacy, 1960

Flower Shop, Owners: Ruby Eason and Zelda Miller

Feel free to share your memories of Cedar Village Shopping Center in the comment section of our Facebook page! We love to learn your stories of living in Harvey County!