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thousand dollars in September, 1878, by Perry Flutchinson, F. Finn, G. F.
Hamilton, T. Hughes, J. A. Griffes, W'. H. Smith, J. S. Magill, F. W. Fibby,
D. P. Clark and C. T. Mann. The ofificers were : President, Perry Hutchin-
son ; secretary, C. T. xMann ; treasurer. VV. H. Smith.

In October of that vear a tract of forty acres adjacent to the city was
purchased and platted. About tifteen hundred dollars were spent on improve-
ments, the ground was fenced and some trees planted.

Since that time the grounds have been beautified, wells have been sunk
and avenues laid out, the principal ones running from the Soldiers monu-
ment, which stands in the center of the grounds. In 1887 this monument
was erected to the memory of the soldiers who fell in the Union ranks. On
May 30, hundreds of people gathered from all parts of the county; Fyon
Post No. 9 led the procession from Broadway. Hon. W. A. Calderhead
delivered the address and Edna Calderhead unveiled the monument and placed
a wreath on the statue, which is a life-size soldier in uniform.

In 191 2 a committee from the Woman's Relief Corps of Marysville
solicited money from the general public and raised six hundred dollars with
which a cement walk was built from the cemetery gate to the city limits.
Mrs. E. E. Forter was chairman of the committee and managed the work.
Plans are now under way for erecting a chapel and receiving vault near the
west gate of the main entrance.

It is a beautiful spot and while hearts have broken at its portals and


hopes have flown as loved ones lia\e l>een laid to rest, yet there is consolation
in the thought —

"That notliint( walks with aimless feet,

That not one life shall l)e destroyed.

Or cast as rnhbish to the void,
When God hath made the pile complete."

The first cemetery in Marysville was located on blocks 39 and 40,
Palmetto, and was used by the city for a burial place until 1879, when the
new forty-acre grounds were ready for occupancy.

The city authorities then ordered the disinterment of the old cemetery
and for some years the work was carried on until at the present time there
are but a few graves remaining within the old grounds. The city has
extended and built up around the old cemetery grounds and this necessitated
its removal.


Since the organization of the first fire department in Marysville, the
town has been exceptionally fortunate in having a full corps of willing,
efficient and unselfish men with capable officers, who have at all times and in
all circumstances responded promptly to every call. It is no exaggeration of
facts to state that, for thirty years the Marysville volunteer fire department
has stood at the head of all such organizations in the state as a fire-fighting

A feeble attempt at organizing a bucket brigade was made in 1876, but
failed, after a series of incendiary fires which cleaned out several business
blocks in the town. The first actual steps taken toward protection against
fire came on July 9, 1883, when the mayor appointed a committee to confer
wdth the county commissioners relative to the purchase by the city of two
Babcock extinguishers, for which the county had no use in its court house.
The extinguishers subsequently became the property of the city.

After that date, about once a month, some member of the city council,
generally John B. Logan, brought up the matter of fire apparatus. Finally,
a committee of citizens, not members of the council, was appointed to con-
fer with the chief of the fire department of St. Joseph, Missouri, relative to
the kind of apparatus w^hich would be the most suitable for Marysville.

The city records show^ next that on February 4, 1884, the city clerk was
ordered to pay five hundred and forty dollars for the hook-and-ladder truck
and rubber buckets just received.








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On March 17, 1884, Mayor John A. Broughten made the following
appointments: Paul A\^itte. fire engineer; Samuel Forter, foreman, hook-
and-ladder company, and Lapier Williams, Ben Linley, D. N. Kelley, Lewis
Scott. Walter Scott, Rollin Allen, A. B. Ayers, Christ Moser, Frank Shaffer,
William Sipple, Hiram Hagar, Fred. Saup, Oliver Wheatley, N. B. Garden,
.J. W. Potter, Auldice Hale, Sam. A. Harburg, Robert Hohn, O. D. South-
worth and Martin Kessler, as firemen. The appointments were confirmed by
the council.

The city now had a hook-and-ladder truck, two dozen rubber buckets,
two Babcock extinguishers and twenty-two able-bodied men, who immediately
went into training by scaling buildings and passing buckets.

To Sam. A. Harburg, now of Denver, Colorado, then foreman of Gen-
eral Becker's printing plant, belongs the honor of getting up this first fire
department of Marysville. This organization held for about two years,
when dissatisfaction with some of the members of the city council, broke it

On August 6, 1888, the city council requested Samuel Forter to present
a list of names of good men who would volunteer to organize a fire com-
pany, at the next meeting. On August 13, 1888, Forter presented the fol-
lowing :

"Marysville, Kansas, August 13, 1888.

"To the Hon. Mayor and City Council, of the City of Marysville:

"We, the undersigned, hereby voluntarily offer our services to the city
as a fire company, subject to such rules and orders as you may see fit to make.

"Signed — Sam. Forter, Paul Smith, Will Ecks, Stanis Van Meensel, T.
D. Grimes, Fr. Schriefer, J. C. Moser, D. N. Kelley, Oliver Ellis, F. P.
Gatchell, Alf Von Wald, Nick Grauer. W. R. Cottrell, Tom E. McCoy, John
Luther, R. M. Lehnhardt, Frank Auhl, W. M. Life, H. C. Cottrell, O. H.
Morse, Beny Campbell, A. J. Mohrbacher, Owsley Lonergan, C. B. Batterson,
Lee Gilbert."

The council rejected the names of Will Ecks, Oliver Ellis and W. M.
Life, for the reason that twenty men and two officers were a sufficient num-
ber. Mayor Andrew Fluhrer then appointed all of the others as members
of the fire company, placing at their head Samuel Forter as chief of the
fire department and Stanis Van Meensel, foreman of the hook-and-ladder
company, all of which was dulv confirmed bv the council on August 13, 1888.



On August 13. 1889, ordinance No. 95 was passed, granting the Marys-
\ille Water Cdnipau)- a franchise tdr tlic construction and operation of a
system of waterworks. On February 14, 1890, the plant was completed and
the "water was turned on" for the first time in the presence of thousands
of people, and the city council accepted the waterworks as satisfactory.


Prior to this the fire department had been enlarged to forty members
divided into one hook-and-ladder company and two hose companies of twelve
men and a foreman for each, who. witli the chief, made forty men. Stanis
\'an Meensel remained foreman of the hook-and-ladder company and P. J.
Hindmarsh and C. H. Cottrell were selected as foreman of the hose com-

Some time Ijefore the opening of the waterworks, the city had purchased
two hand hose carts with five hundred feet of hose for each.

Thus fully equipped for business, the Marysville fire department has
never let a fire get away from them from that day to this and our fire losses
have been by far the lowest of any city in Kansas, as shown by the statistics
in the ofiice of the state fire marshal.

For more than twenty years the fire department has taken active part
in the state firemen's tournaments, many times winning championship troph-
ies and also establishing records which have not been broken. It is little
wonder then, that some of its members should be honored by the State Fire-
men's Association with high office. Sam. Forter was twice elected president
of the state association and served as chairman of the legislative committee
for the National Firemen's Association during the fifty-sixth Congress.

George T. Alohrbacher, for the last ten years, chief of this department,
served as secretary of the state association for five years; he was then elected
treasurer, which office he has held for three years and is still holding. He
has been chairman of the legislative committee for the last four years and as
such has succeeded in getting much beneficial legislation for fire protection
for the state. His name is familiar to all the prominent insurance men and
firemen in the United States, because of his activity in the matter of fire


Paul W'itte was fire engineer from March 17, 1884, to the summer of
1885. There was no organization from that time to August 13, 1888. Sam.


Forter was chief of the Marysville vokmteer fire department from August 13,
1888, to November i, 1899. Charles Shaw, chief, from March 29, 1900,
to June, 1901. Stanis Van Meensel, assistant chief, acting chief, June, 1901,
to March 31, 1902. J. C. Moser, chief, from March 31, 1902, to March 26,
1906, when he refused re-election. George T. Mohrbacher elected chief on
March 26, 1906, still serving in same capacity on April i, 1917. .

Of the members of the original Marysville volunteer fire department of
1884, J. C. Moser and Sam Forter are still residing in Marysville. and still
runninsr with "the machine" when the alarm sounds.

On April i, 191 7, this fire department consisted of one hook-and-ladder
and two hose companies. The hook-and-ladder truck and one hose cart are
kept for ready service at headquarters in the city building, and the other hose
cart at station "A", corner of Tenth and Alston streets.

The officers of the department on April i, 191 7, are George T. Mohr-
bacher. chief and president; Albert Kersten, assistant chief and foreman,
hook-and-ladder truck ; Pete Smith, foreman, hose company No. i ; Jack
Parks, foreman, hose company No. 2 ; Frank Olson, secretary and Alex.
Campbell, treasurer.

As this history is being written, the city is arranging to fully equip its
fire department with modern automobile apparatus.


It may be truly said of Marysville that it has never had a boom. Its
progress along business lines has been a steady healthy growth. In the
history of the business life of the town changes have taken place, but there
have been few failures.

In many instances the business established by the father is now carried
on by the sons. This is true of Ilohn & Sons, Draheim & Sons, the Exchange
Bank and a number of others. The Kansas Store is the old Tracy & Com-
pany, now carried on by Mr. Tracy's brother-in-law and nephew. In this
respect Marysville has the marked characteristic of the New England towns.

Among the succeessful business men (^f the town are: E. D. Brolyer,
who conducts a plumbing business; G. L. Rice, owner of a furniture store;
H. R. Fisher, considered the finest florist in this section of the state; N. S.
Kerschen, manager of the Farmers Union Elevator, has always been promin-
ent in public affairs and has represented the county in the Legislature.

Dr. T. A. Beveridge. a leading dentist, is a Marshall county product,
and his father, Jacob Beveridge, of Home City, is one of the best known men

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in i]:c Northern tier. Tic i> a Iialf-limther of former Senator Beveridge,
of Indiana, and like liis relative, has a taste for political life. He served dnr-
ing- the war and is an active business man today. Doctor l^ieveridge, his
son. who has lately conic to A!arys\-i]lc. is of the same sterling tvpe and is
winning a place in th.e life of the cit\'.

Air. and Mrs C AI. Stewart arc pioneers of the county and their daugh-
ter is the wife of Clarence Rice. sn])crintendent of the schools of Kansas
City, Kansas.

Alarysville r.as its quota of women in business and one who has made a
success of her work is A[iss Ora Lamb. This very energetic woman has by
her own e'^forts as ster.ograjdier, solicitor and law clerk acquired a competence.
Her familiar figure on the streets of A/Jarysville. quietly pursuing her busi-
ness, is proof that a \\"on"ian may succeed even under difficulties.

Henry Schulte is one of the best know'n men in and around Alarysville.
A loyal citizen and generous friend and kind neighbor he is esteemed for his
sterling qualities.

In a brief history it is impossible to mention all the names deserving
some token of regard at the hands of the historian. Alany men and women
have helped to make the county anrl its cities the tine business centers and
pleasant homes of today. Among others are the Farrar and Cone families,
the old-time family of Tarvins, the Alosers. Kuonis and Obermeyers, the
Russells and the Vanamburgs, Jacob Rutti, the Travelutes and Bensons, the
Alohrbachers, Hohns, Dargat.^, the Hutchinsons and the Haw^kinses and
scores of others who have always been an inspiration to the growth and
upbuilding of the county. As long as Alarshall county remains these and
other names will have a foremost place in the memory of its people.


The largest garage in the city is that of C. F. Travelute and Son. which
is an up-to-date structure with a capacity for parking seventy-five cars. This
garage has twenty-one thousand feet of floor space.

G. L. Fenwick owns the second largest garage and is well equipped for
handling cars.

John Cooper and Roy Robinett each have garages and attract a fair
share of business, as do Thompson Brothers.

Several repair shops are operated in the city ; notably, George Hoffman,
C. W. Baker and Kersten & Sons do repairing in connection with a w^agon-
making shop. Roy Roljinett and F. W. Heinke also repair cars.


W. D. Godsey, Peterson and ^york, and Leon Rnggles are decorators
ind painters.

J. M. Goodnight, superintendent telephone system.

Frank Graham, restaurant.

R. C. Guthrie, undertaker.

Hartwich Lumber Company.

James Henry, Hotel Lorraine.

Campbell House Hotel.

L. D. Leroy, Pacific Hotel.

F. W. Hutchinson, grocery.

Seth Barrett, artificial ice plant.

Mrs. Agnes Joerg, boarding house.

A. C. King, livery.

R. N. King & Son, harness shop.

C. Langlitz, tailoring establishment.

Laundry, H. A. Thompson.

Millinery, Matilda Lorke.

General store, George Love & Co.

E. O. Weber, lumber yard.

Thompson Brothers, Coal, Produce and Poultry Company.

E. J. McKee, hardware.
Moore Brothers, meat market.
Broihier & Moser, meat market.

O. J. Morse & Company, real estate.
Marshall County Ncivs, George T. Smith.
Adz'ocatc-Dciiiocraf. H. M. & L. R. Broderick.

F. N. Newton, plumbing and heating.
Otoe Club, an exclusive men's club.

J. W. T. & Clyde Potter, barber shop.

B. Price, hardware.

Anton Smith, shoe repair shop.

W. S. Staley. standard oil agent.

Temple & Son, city bakery.

Cafe, John Grauer.

White Brothers, groceries.

H. F. Whitten, planing mill.

Con Welton, jewelry store.

Luedders & Company, men's clothing.

A. L. Goodman, candy kitchen.



For many years Marysville was a musical center. When railroad trans-
portation was so limited that "ood musical companies ditl not book the city,
the music-!o\int;- ];co])le i;a\c home-talent concerts and o])eras very success-

The original meml)ers of the Alaennerchor were August Hohn, G.
Pfitzenmeyer. Martin Piel. Jacob Kuoni. Emil and Sam Forter, Jacob Ryser
and some others whose natnes are not recalled. William Becker was the

Two permanent musical societies have always existed in the city. The
Alaennerchor, which was organized in 1876 and the Helvetia Chorus, organ-
ized in 1883. Although the members do not meet as regularly as of old,
these organizations are still active.

Many of the original members have answered the final summons and
others have taken their places. August Hohn. Sam and Emil Forter are
still living.

Many instructors have come and gone in Marysville during those years,
but the music-loving Germans and Swiss have kept alive the desire for good
music and now the curriculum of the public school carries musical instruction.


The membership of this club includes every business man of the city and
the club motto is, 'T will do my part." W. W. Redmond is president and
Hugo A. Hohn is the secretary.

Since the first of January, 1917, the club has raised fifteen thousand
dollars with which to purchase a new depot site and this building will be
erected in the course of the coming vear.

The good roads committee of the Club is active in promoting this work
in the county and the Civic Improvement Committee takes care that the streets
and alleys are ke])t in perfect order and also that undesirable citizens are
prevented from having a permanent abode except in the county jail.

women's clubs. '

In the spring of 1900 the Round Table Reading Circle of Marysville
was organized by Mrs. E. E. Forter, at her residence. There were ten mem-
bers. The first ofificers of the club were : Mrs. E. E. Forter, president ;


Miss Ida Bates, secretary. Members, Mrs. Emily A. Scott, Mrs. Teresa
Sampson, Mrs. Carolyn Elliott, Mrs. Stella R. Miller, Miss Ella Kahoa, Mrs.
Allie Boyd Rogers and Mrs. Eusebia Thompson.

The club is for literary study and during the seventeen years of its
existence has numbered about two hundred members. A year book with
program of study is published each year and meetings are held fortnightly.
The club owns a fine library of seven hundred volumes, which is kept in the
Communitv House. The membership is limited to thirty-five. Mrs. Forter
is the acting president and a member of the library board.


The name of this club indicates its membership. The club originated
with Mrs. Adam Mohr, many years ago, and is composed of German ladies.
Meetings are held everv two weeks on Thursday afternoon and quite con-
trary to what might be supposed, they are very entertaining and up-to-date,
serving refreshments and discussing current events as well as the latest thing
in fancy work in which these ladies excel.


A club in which fine needle work is done and taught. Mrs. Ora Smith
is the president.


The membership of this club is composed entirely of young ladies. The
meetings are spent in doing needle work, and partaking of light refreshments
served bv the hostess. Mrs. William Temple is president.


A purelv social club, of which Mrs. C. F. Pusch is the president. Meet-
ings are held semi-monthly and a three-course luncheon is served. The
membership is limited to ten.


This is a needle work and fancy work club among the young matrons
of the city. Fine needlework is done, books are discussed and also the work
of the parent, teachers' association and current events. Membership is lim-
ited to twenty. Matilda Kraemer is president.



'I'his chil) is an organization coniined to the young ladies of the German
chureh. Church work is discussed and light refreshments served. Aliss
Emma Kersten is the president.


Henry AA'iedemeyer came to Marysville in 1878 and, deciding to locate
here permanently, established a business in 1882. He was successful from
the lirst and in a few years opened a second factory. Mr. Wiedemeyer
employed ci number of people and has amassed a competence. His son,
Joseph, is the traveling representative of the house arid the son, Charles,
is the business manager.

Ernest Wiedrich came to Alarysville in June, 1884, and for three years
was in the employ of Mr. Pusch. He then became a manufacturer, and in
1892 established the factory Vvhich he conducted successfully until 191 6, when
he sold out to Specht & Ranksch. Mr. Wiedrich after a short interval has
again opened a factory and may continue to make Marysville his home.

Others who are manufacturers of cigars are Fred Kahlke, Charley
Woellner, Charles Bohner, AVilliam Ranksch and Joseph Kysela.

There are at present writing seven cigar factories in the city.

pusch's cigar factory.

Charles F. Pusch was born in Marienburg, West . Prussia, October 16,
1 85 1. In that city his father was the owner of a large cigar and tobacco
factory. Mr. Pusch came to America on October 20, 1868, and lived in
New York Citv until June i, 1872, when he came to Marysville and estab-
lished his business. He first started the manufacture of cigars in the build-
ing now occupied by J. Allen, which stood on the corner of Eighth street and
Broadway, where M. Barlow's store is located.

In 1876 he erected a new frame cigar store and factory on the present
site of Temple's bakery. This building was destroyed by fire in 1885 and
Mr. Pusch built a new shop on the corner of Tenth street and Broadway.
This building was moved one lot east to make room for the three-story brick
building erected in 1892, which, for many years was the largest cigar factory
in Kansas. Mr. Pusch has carried as many as one hundred and five employees
on his pay-roll at one time.



The maximum number of cigars made in one year was four and one-
half millions. The average number is three million per year. The aggregate
amount paid for labor in round figures is one million one hundred and ninety
thousand dollars. At times as high as thirty-seven thousand dollars has been
paid in a single year.

The Pusch factory has for a number of years been the largest industry
in the city of Marysville and has furnished employment to- hundreds of people
and contributed to the maintenance of thousands. It has always been an
"open shop" and its doors have never been closed since it opened for business.
The present number of employees is thirty-five.

Pusch & Sons have recently opened a branch factory in Kansas City,
Missouri, directly opposite the Savoy Hotel.

Charles F. Pusch has been honored by the citizens of Marysville, having
been elected four consecutive terms as mayor of the city. As a director on
the St. Joseph & Grand Island railroad, he has been able to further the inter-
ests of the city and to bring about the splendid business prospects that are at
this date opening up for the coming years in the establishment of freight and
passenger divisions at this point by the Union Pacific railroad system.

During his years of service as mayor, Mr. Pusch has brought Marys-
ville to the front rank as the prettiest county seat in Kansas. Broadway is
a wide,- well-macadamized street, with a white way of eighteen lights to a
block, for a distance of nine blocks. An electric light is placed on each
street corner of the city. The city has a complete sewage system, both storm
and sanitar}^

Streets have been graded, cement walks laid, unsightly trees removed,
many "crooked paths made straight," and the city given a neat, up-to-date

During Mayor Pusch's administration the splendid new high school
building was completed and the city park purchased and improved. Mr.
Pusch gave to the city the same efficient management which proved success-
ful in his own business, and the result of his attention is manifest along all
lines of civic improvement.


During the fiscal year 1015-16, 504 cars of freight were shipped from
Marysville on the St. Joseph & Grand Island railroad and 441 cars were
shipped into the city. The tonnage carried was .35,381,993 pounds. Dur-
ing the same period 19,123 passengers left Marysville and 19,506 arrived
here. The sum of $40,517.68 was paid for tickets.


The Union Pacific roads carry a very similar amount of freig'ht and
an equal number of passengers, so that Marysville is a railroad center of
no small proportions.

Marysville has ten passenger trains daily and eight freight trains, which
also carry ])assengers. Sixteen freight trains carry no passengers. Twelve
men are re((uired to handle the business at the depot.


"CotiUion Party. — The pleasure of yourself & lady are respectfully so-
licited to attend a cotillion party to be given at the Court House in the Town
of Marysville on Friday eve the 12 inst commencing at 8 o clock P. M.

"Managers. — J. S. Magill. John Hughes, Lsaac Davis, William Linn,

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