Who’s Who?

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

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.