"Remember When" in Hiawatha

"Remember When" in Hiawatha

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Blast from the Past

Princeton, KS

#1 Mar 27, 2012
This forum is going 2 be about past history of people who have set a stone in someone's memory, whether it be from their childhood, etc. Wondering where or what happened to those people from Hiawatha, or business and building. Remember the GREAT memories.

********* I know everyone has to be negative at one point & time, BUT PLEASE just once in your life can we try & have some happiness*********
Food etc

Lyndon, KS

#2 Mar 27, 2012
Remember when you could buy groceries at more than a couple places in town? Many more. A&P where Rainbow is now, IGA where City Hall is now, Safeway in the big building across from Dr Wright's office (on south side of Delaware). Smaller markets: Albee's Market @ SW cor 9th & Oregon; Dalsing's Market @ 1000 blk Oregon, north side; Moore's Market, west side of S 1st between Utah & Kickapoo, where Bierce's used car lot is; Matthewsons Market in the building that's still in use on south side of 700 block of Delaware; McPhail's Market, 400 blk Oregon, in the building that was Larry's Barber Shop; Anderson's Market on N side, 800 blk Utah . I know there were various others over the years, but these were all in business at the same time. Not to mention more than 20 service stations, most of which also serviced vehicles, sold & repaired tires, and washed cars for a dollar. And at least 7 new car dealerships.
Jack

Denton, KS

#3 Mar 27, 2012
And then Walmart came to town....
Really

Lyndon, KS

#4 Mar 27, 2012
Jack wrote:
And then Walmart came to town....
No lie. And there went our clothings stores that sold quality clothing of all sizes, shoe stores that sold quality shoes, major appliance stores, major plumbing fixtures such as sinks, stools, bathtubs, etc., lawn & garden store that sold more than just the basic stuff. And any of those businesses that had quality products the sales people that knew something about the items they were selling. I go to Falls City or Sabetha and it's amazing what they have that Hiawatha doesn't.
hiawatha redskin

Wathena, KS

#5 Mar 28, 2012
WOW!! you have been around for a long time!!! I am just old enough to remember half of the places you mentioned and I was just a young kid when they were around. I nearly forgot about them. Its actually quite amazing how much the make up of this town has changed over 30 plus years. I have to admit, I think I liked it better back then.
Food etc wrote:
Remember when you could buy groceries at more than a couple places in town? Many more. A&P where Rainbow is now, IGA where City Hall is now, Safeway in the big building across from Dr Wright's office (on south side of Delaware). Smaller markets: Albee's Market @ SW cor 9th & Oregon; Dalsing's Market @ 1000 blk Oregon, north side; Moore's Market, west side of S 1st between Utah & Kickapoo, where Bierce's used car lot is; Matthewsons Market in the building that's still in use on south side of 700 block of Delaware; McPhail's Market, 400 blk Oregon, in the building that was Larry's Barber Shop; Anderson's Market on N side, 800 blk Utah . I know there were various others over the years, but these were all in business at the same time. Not to mention more than 20 service stations, most of which also serviced vehicles, sold & repaired tires, and washed cars for a dollar. And at least 7 new car dealerships.
Food etc

Lyndon, KS

#6 Mar 28, 2012
And when someone stopped and filled up at one of those gas stations and it took more than $5, everyone hanging out in the station looked outside to see what they were driving, because it must be a big Caddy or Lincoln or something similar that had a big tank and required 'Ethyl' grade gasoline. Normally people just ordered a dollars worth or 2 dollars worth, and that would last them awhile. The attendant put the gas in, cleaned the windshield & windows, checked oil and other stuff under the hood, and some places even checked the air in the tires. Some places even vacuumed your car if you filled up. They even had restrooms that they took pride in keeping clean. They did all this to be competitive, because there was a lot of competition. They were owned and operated by guys that were in business to survive and raise a family, with hopefully enough left over to take an occasional vacation and maybe a few of the nicer things. Now most are owned by corporations who are in business to make as much money as possible.
Umm

Gardner, KS

#7 Mar 28, 2012
we actually had a sears store..LOL AND a ben franklins.. The ol tic tock cafe and the inn sports...lol
Food etc

Lyndon, KS

#8 Mar 28, 2012
I forgot about Stahan's grocery store on NE corner of 8th & Oregon.

Since: Jan 12

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#9 Mar 28, 2012
Food etc wrote:
Remember when you could buy groceries at more than a couple places in town? Many more. A&P where Rainbow is now, IGA where City Hall is now, Safeway in the big building across from Dr Wright's office (on south side of Delaware). Smaller markets: Albee's Market @ SW cor 9th & Oregon; Dalsing's Market @ 1000 blk Oregon, north side; Moore's Market, west side of S 1st between Utah & Kickapoo, where Bierce's used car lot is; Matthewsons Market in the building that's still in use on south side of 700 block of Delaware; McPhail's Market, 400 blk Oregon, in the building that was Larry's Barber Shop; Anderson's Market on N side, 800 blk Utah . I know there were various others over the years, but these were all in business at the same time. Not to mention more than 20 service stations, most of which also serviced vehicles, sold & repaired tires, and washed cars for a dollar. And at least 7 new car dealerships.
I remember all those and Hiawatha was thriving then.

Since: Jan 12

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#10 Mar 28, 2012
Umm wrote:
we actually had a sears store..LOL AND a ben franklins.. The ol tic tock cafe and the inn sports...lol
and there was a Woolworth store. I remember going to Carpenter's drug store for a cherry Coke and sitting at the counter.
carl

Bendena, KS

#11 Mar 28, 2012
THE Genalogical building by the mortuary has ALL these pics it would be greatto be able to have a slide show presentation of remember when... Hiawatha has alot of history, and sometimes people take for granted of the good old memories.

Since: Jan 12

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#12 Mar 28, 2012
Remember the Delmonico and Tick Tock restaurants? And the A & W and Candy Stripe drive in's? Lots of fun there, best tenderloin sandwiches at the A & W!!
Food etc

Lyndon, KS

#13 Mar 28, 2012
Right up till Wal-Mart came, we had the men's clothing stores, women's clothing stores, shoe stores, hardware stores, sporting goods stores, appliance stores, radio, tv, & electronics stores, and what else? Used to have a Ben Franklin & Woolworth's 'Dime Stores', as they called them back then.
LOCO LOBO

Everest, KS

#14 Mar 29, 2012
Sammy Newtons band on Sat. nite in the basement of the auditorium....Kawanis pancake feed all you can eat for a donation...plays on the stage watching from the balcony....5 cent cone at the old Dairy Queen...bridge over the lake, 2 of them..big water fountain on the corner ne side of courthouse..roller skating rink bottom of pool hall...
hiawatha redskin

Wathena, KS

#15 Mar 29, 2012
Hiawatha's downtown actually had meters and daytime meter maid. Our downtown actually thrived at one time
great to look back

Rossville, KS

#16 Mar 29, 2012
As for wal-mart comming to town the city voted to let them come to town and they were told that it would bring a lot of people to our town and it would help the people down town as well as wal-mart and it did help, most of them lost what they sit on.
After that the Kickapoo Tribe wanted to build a casino just south of Hiawatha and yes it would have helped Hiawatha but the people were told it would bring drugs to Hiawatha so the people voted it down but at the same time a lot of them are spending there money at that casino where they built it and there are no more drugs now than there were then.
Then the School was hit by a group that told the school board that either get rid of the mascott or be sued and so we gave in and it was the worse thing that has happened to our School. No one in this town has the guts to stand up and be counted we leave it up to people that run the city goverment and our Schools and then we think that it's all going to be OK. It's time to stop blameing all the bad things on the city councl and the school and yes they went down a bad road but we need to stand up open our eyes and take some of the blame ourself and yes it's not to late to make changes in what is happening to our once nice town and open our eyes and do something about starting over. Thanks to all th people that remember what it was and let's don't forget what it can be again.
Josh

Lyndon, KS

#17 Mar 29, 2012
great to look back wrote:
As for wal-mart comming to town the city voted to let them come to town and they were told that it would bring a lot of people to our town and it would help the people down town as well as wal-mart and it did help, most of them lost what they sit on.
After that the Kickapoo Tribe wanted to build a casino just south of Hiawatha and yes it would have helped Hiawatha but the people were told it would bring drugs to Hiawatha so the people voted it down but at the same time a lot of them are spending there money at that casino where they built it and there are no more drugs now than there were then.
Then the School was hit by a group that told the school board that either get rid of the mascott or be sued and so we gave in and it was the worse thing that has happened to our School. No one in this town has the guts to stand up and be counted we leave it up to people that run the city goverment and our Schools and then we think that it's all going to be OK. It's time to stop blameing all the bad things on the city councl and the school and yes they went down a bad road but we need to stand up open our eyes and take some of the blame ourself and yes it's not to late to make changes in what is happening to our once nice town and open our eyes and do something about starting over. Thanks to all th people that remember what it was and let's don't forget what it can be again.
I didn't know the people voted on Wal-Mart or the casino. Wal-Mart bring out of town shoppers, thus income tax dollars, and jobs. But now we have to go out of town to get quality products. But let's get back to the original topic of good memories of the past.
Josh

Lyndon, KS

#18 Mar 29, 2012
I meant Wal-Mart brings in sales tax dollars (to the city), not income tax dollars.
wow

Seneca, KS

#19 Mar 29, 2012
Buying candy at the Alligator!

Since: Jan 12

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#20 Mar 29, 2012
We can't forget the Halloween parade. I remember as a kid how big it was with lots of bands from many towns and lots of big floats and the highlight of Hiawatha. And going trick or treating all week without our parents, it was safe back then. I have fond memories of growing up in Hiawatha.

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