Archive for February 2013

On Broadway Street and the Broadway Market

Broadway StreetFrom Bill Jeffcoat:

“In days gone by, Broadway Street in Abilene, Kansas was a popular street for stores to be in this area.

In this photo, from left to right is the Broadway Market, Duckwalls, Farmers Bank, and Abilene National Bank.

Albert Benignus was a grocer who catered to the wants of people who had the desire to pay more for better quality foods.  Two faithful employees, Ike Robinson and Leonard Rock worked at the Broadway all of their lives.  Ike was the specialist in the meat department and Leonard did the produce and stocking.  On request, your groceries would be delivered free of charge.

When Dwight Eisenhower would return to town in his early years, he bought steaks from Albert, and during World War II, he would ask Albert to send him some pon haus.

As the years rolled by and times were changing with supermarkets arriving, Albert closed down his store and sold his building.  ”

The Vast Prairie Lands of Kansas

WheatFrom Bill Jeffcoat:

“I feel it is difficult in this day and age to realize the huge grasslands of the Midwest, with no highways, cities, nor power lines, but just the land and open skies and huge herds of buffalo.  In 1858, Horace Greeley taking a tour of the Midwest wrote, ‘A million buffalo is a great many, but I am certain that I saw that many yesterday.’  And who was Horace Greeley?  He was editor of the New York Tribune newspaper and in this year ran for the office of President of the United States against Grant, but was defeated.  With the coming of the railroad and farmers, this great breed of animal was soon exterminated, and many Native American tribes were shifted to reservations.”