by Kristine Schmucker, HCHM Curator
In the summer of 1915, the Evening Kansan Republican ran a contest “Who’s Who and Why in Newton?”
The questions were about Newton businesses and the answer needed to include the business name and address.
For example Question # 27 asked about a pioneer grocery merchant. (answer at the end of the post)
Question #2 asked about a blacksmith shop with a unique feature.
“In front of this blacksmith shop you will see a big pile of old horseshoes which is a small indication of what has been transpiring on the inside during the past 2 or 3 years this firm has been in the business . . . What is the name? “
We recently received a photograph of the blacksmith shop with “the big pile of old horseshoes.”
Fent & Ravenscroft Blacksmith
The name and address was Fent & Ravenscroft Blacksmith located at 216 E, 5th. After Ravenscroft left the business, O.S. Fent continued for a number of years.
The Winners & Prizes
The Answer for #27
Who’s Who in 1915
Test your knowledge of Newton businesses in 1915. Take the whole quiz, but don’t peek at the answers.