Moving Buildings in “Good Order”

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator


Schneider Oil Co, W. Broadway & Poplar, Newton, 1936.

Schneider Oil Co, W. Broadway & Poplar, Newton, 1936.



Moving Schneider Service Station, ca. 1937.

Several annexes were added the Newton High School building on west 7th throughout the 1930s.   As a result of one of these additions, the Schneider Service Station at the corner of Poplar and Broadway was moved to the north west  corner of 12th and Main, Newton.  The station was owned by Sam Schneider with operators Darwin Minnis and Ralph Paul.


Moving down Main Street, Newton, ca. 1937.

The stucco, brick and concrete building had a tile roof with an estimated weight of 90 tons.


Moving down Main Street, Newton, Ks, ca. 1937.

Ed Unruh, Unruh Moving Service, Goessel, was contracted to move the building to the new location.  Ed Unruh was a well-known building mover in the area for over 16 years.

Evening Kansan Republican, 20 October 1922, p. 3.

Evening Kansan Republican, 20 October 1922, p. 3.

The difficult job was considered a success and the service station was soon open for business.  In 1946, Jack Hay took over the management of the station, selling Cities Service gasoline. By 1950, he had switched to Phillips 66 gasoline.  For the next 25 years, Hay sold gas, tires and accessories.

Phillips 66 Station, owner, Jack Hay, ca. 1946.

Phillips 66 Station, 12th & Main, Newton. Owner, Jack Hay, ca. 1946.

Sometime during the late 1960s or early 1970s, the building was torn down and  Mid-Continent Federal Savings built a new building at the site.


  • Evening Kansan Republican, 22 September 1909, 29 January 1910.
  • Evening Kansan Republican, 20 October 1922, p. 3.
  • Mennonite Weekly Review 22 March 1945, 29 March 1945, with full obituary 5 April 1945, p. 3.
  • Smurr, Linda C. ed. Harvey County History Newton, Ks: Harvey County Historical Society, 1990.

Favorite Things: Gas Model Airplane

by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator

On July 19 a new exhibit, Stuff We Love, will open at HCHM in the Schroeder Gallery.  The exhibit will feature objects and collections that are favorites of museum staff, board and volunteers.  So far, a wide variety of objects, documents and photos have been picked, many that don’t typically fit into exhibits, but have a wonderful story.  Be sure to stop by the museum sometime this summer and fall to enjoy this eclectic exhibit.

One of the objects picked is a new addition to the museum’s collection. Built by Jack Hay in 1975, the  light weight gas model airplane was one of the first he put together.  Hay was an early leader in the Newton Area Radio Control Club or NARCC and helped establish the club in the 1970s.

The model has a note attached to the registration certificate:

“If this model becomes lost, finders are requested to notify the owner immediately.”

NARCC continues to meet on a monthly basis at Southwest 14th Street to fly various radio controlled aircraft.   They acquired this location, which features a 17″ x 350″ asphalt runway, around 1980 .

This model airplane is a wonderful addition to our collection; stop by after July 19 to see it yourself!




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