Congratulations to a Harvey County Business!

On June 7, 2017, Anderson’s Book & Office Supply will celebrate 125 years on Newton’s Main street and five generations of a family business. Below are photos from HCHM’s collection.  Congratulations to the family as they celebrate this milestone.

Anderson Book Store, 422 Main, Newton, pre-1938.

Products and Services available at Anderson’s pre-1938.


Interior of Anderson China Store, 424 N. Main, ca. 1915.

Anderson advertising the RCA Radiola using a parade float in 1921.

P.M. Anderson’s RCA Radiola Float, ca. 1921.

Anderson Book Store 627 N. Main. Janet Gray Anderson, Daisy Will, Faye Thimm, and Phil E. Anderson, 1953.

Anderson’s moved to 627 Main, Newton in 1938 in an effort to be more convenient for NHS teachers and students.

Entrance to the store at 627 Main, Newton.

Before Anderson’s moved into the building at 627 Main, several other businesses had occupied the space.   Golden Rule Store, also known as  J.C. Penney’s, was the first one in Kansas.

Anderson’s today.


  • “Anderson Book & Office Supply 1892-1992,” booklet compiled by Phil, Jan, & Murray Anderson, and Rebecca Megli, 1992.

“A Little of Everything” at 613 N. Main

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator

With the notice that Alexander Jewelry will be closing January 1, 2017, we thought it might be fun to look back at the businesses that have been located at 613 N. Main, Newton.

Which one did you shop at?

By 1885, J. F. McGrath had a grocery business at 613 N. Main. Upstairs at 613 1/2 N. Main, Dr. N. Monday provided dental services and W.M. Morris had a tailor shop.  In 1887, the Bretch Bros had taken over the grocery and several dressmakers operated from the location on the ground floor and second story.  The dressmakers included, Miss Mary O’Keefe, Mrs. M.E. Brooks and Miss Ida Gibson.

Plumb’s China Emporium

W. I. Plumb came to Newton in 1887 and was using the space for his China Emporium by 1902.

Plumb’s China Emporium, 613 N. Main, 1902. Western Journal of Commerce, 1902, HCHM Archives.

He carried “the most complete  stock of crockery and china ware, comprising the latest and most artistic handicraft of the . . . art potteries of Europe and America.”  The Emporium was “tastefully arranged and a more attractive show windows are seen in the city.” By 1915, Plumb’s Emporium had moved to 502-504 Main.

Postcard of Newton’s Main Street, 600 Block, West Side, ca. 1905. Photo by Stovall.

Between 1905 and 1913, several different businesses used the space from  Mildred Coleman, a hair dresser, to the Davis Novelty Store.

View of Newton Main Street, corner of 6th & Main, 1911.

Hogan’s A Little Bit of Everything

Born in Abilene, Ks, September 1883, to Irish immigrants, Richard L. ‘Dick’ Hogan spent several years as a traveling salesman in Kansas. In February 1913, he moved his family to Newton, Ks and went into business with J. G. Bremmer.  They bought the business at 613 N. Main from S.A. Davis for $1,500.

R.L. “Dick” Hogan, 1883-1955.

In 1915,  Hogan installed a new  store front on the building at 613 N. Main.   The editor for the Evening Kansan Republican described the new front as “strictly modern in every respect, with closed backs, plate glass fronts and prism glass at the top.” The article concluded that this would “greatly improve the looks of that block.”

600 Block of Main, Newton, 1959.

Hogan enjoyed “remarkable success” and by 1919 was able to buy out his partner.  In the early 1920s, Hogan established similar stores in Herington and Peabody, Ks. He also expanded the Newton store to the alley.  The business was valued at $20,000 in 1922.

Basement of 613 N. Main, 1955. Dick Hogan & Fred Martinez after cleaning the storage room enjoying a drink from the Fostoria glasses.

Over  40 years, Hogan would run a successful business as well as serve as “the city’s No. 1 booster.” He worked with various groups from the Harvey County Red Cross to Bethel College to raise money for community projects. He served on the city commission in 1949-1953 and was mayor for one year.

Hogan’s Fostoria Glassware display.

At the time of his unexpected death, Dick Hogan, a devout Catholic, was focusing his energies on raising funds for “a new church for Mexican members of the Catholic faith.”  

Hogan died of a heart attack 17 February 1955.  He was 71 and was survived by his wife, Jeanette; sons, Morris and Pat R. and daughters, Katherine Gilchrist, Betty Torline, Marian Snider, Julia Hoffman, Barbara Hanlon.  One son, Lt. Robert L.  Hogan was killed in action during WWII.

600 Block of Main, 1962. Lucile Mitchell Miller Collection.

His son, Morris, took over the business and continued to provide the community with “a little bit of everything.”

600 Block of Main, Newton, Ks, 1963.

Detail of Hogan’s, 613 N. Main, 1963.

Detail of 613 N. Main, 1966.

Morris Hogan closed the business in approximately 1970.

Morris Hogan standing next to “Quitting Business” sign, 613 N. Main, Newton. ca. 1970.

Moffatt’s Jewelry ca. 1972 – 1996

Moffatt’s Jewelry was owned and operated by Harry L and Unilda Bestvater Moffatt.

Moffatt’s Jewelry Store, 613 N. Main, Newton, 1972.

Entry way to 613 N. Main building, 2016.

600 Block of Main, Newton, 1992.

Alexander’s Jewelry, 1996-2016

The store continued as a jewelry store under the ownership of Parker Exposito.  Alexander’s Jewelry will close January 1, 2017.

600 Block Main, Newton, 1997.

Alexander Jewelry Yellow Pages Ad, 1999.

Alexander Jewelry Sign, 613 N. Main, Newton, 2016.

What will be next at 613 N. Main, Newton?

600 Block of Main, Newton, 2006.


There were several stores in Newton known as “racket stores,” including one associated with Hanlin Merchantile Co.  Hogan’s was initially called “The Racket.”

Ad in the Evening Kansan Republican, 14 May 1921, p. 5.

In 1908, the Evening Kansan Republican provided a description of these stores.  The term,  “Racket Store,” was used in commercial circles to describe

a store – often open for temporary use – in which cheap goods are sold at ‘bargain prices.’ . . .   sometimes include what are usually termed ‘notions’.”  – Evening Kansan Republican 20 July 1908, p. 4.

Ad in the Evening Kansan Republican, 8 October 1921, p. 3.

What’s next  for 613?
Norm’s Coffee will move to the store.


  • Western Journal of Commerce, 1902.
  • Evening Kansan Republican: 22 May 1899, 17 October 1899, 20 July 1903, 2 January 1908, 13 November 1908, 26 April 1912, 16 April 1915, 7 April 1917, 25 January 1919, 14 May 1921, 15 August 1921, 8 October 1921, 22 August 1922, 11 November 1922, 23 December 1922,18 February 1955.
  • Newton City Directory: 1885 – 2000.
  • Harvey County Now: 8 December 2016.


“The latest and most popular styles can always be found here.”

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator

We often think that women owning and operating their own business is a relatively recent occurrence. However, a closer look at Harvey County businesses over time reveals  that women have long been successful entrepreneurs.  The “Millinery Parlor” was one business that allowed a woman to work  from her home or at an actual store.


Mrs. T.E. Young Millinery Parlors

Mary M. Young, (Mrs. T.E.) operated a millinery business out of her home on east 8th, Newton, in 1901-02.  A successful business woman in Newton, Mary Morris arrived from Ireland as a single woman. She married Thomas Young, a widower with four children, in 1893.   In addition to the children,  Thomas’ mother was also living with them in 1900.  Thomas was a traveling salesman.

Even with the demands at home, Mary was able to keep her millinery business going.  She made hats for many of Newton’s prominent citizens and she was noted for her excellent workmanship and hats that were of “the latest and most popular styles.” No doubt the extra money from the millinery business was welcome with a large family.
Mrs Young

In 1911, Mrs. Young was listed as the head milliner for the Newton department store, Conrad & Dutcher.

Conrad & Dutcher Clothing, 607-609 Main, Newton, ca. 1911

Conrad & Dutcher Clothing, 607-609 Main, Newton, ca. 1911

After Thomas died in 1914, Mary Young “had her home made into an apartment house and has ‘mothered’ many a lonely young man or woman, and helped many a bride in her first attempts at homemaking.” In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Mary gave back to her adopted community.  She was involved in the organization of the Newton Country Club and was a member of the Eastern Star and the Beauceant.  With her “magnificent contralto voice,” she was a member of the Musical Union and St Matthew’s Episcopal Church.

Her obituary described this “public spirited” woman in this way:

“Hers was a fine character and typically Irish especially in the quality of her faithful and true friendship.”

Mrs. T.E. Young passed away March 15, 1924 at the age of 67.

For Posts on Other Harvey County Businesswomen see:

  • The Story of Carrie Van Aken:
  • The Story of Augusta Goerman:
  • The Story of Lizzie Coult:


  • Western Journal of Commerce, 1901, p. 13
  • Newton City Directory, 1902, 1911
  • Newton Kansan 15 March 1924.  Obituary for Mrs. T.E. Young
  • HCHM Archives Marriage License Index,
  • HCHM Photo Archives
  • United States Census, 1900, 1920

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