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History lessons

Richard Wellman, left, and Sandra Johnson spend every Thursday morning in the history corner of the Baldwin City Public Library. They are here to answer a few questions regarding the community's history.

Richard Wellman, left, and Sandra Johnson spend every Thursday morning in the history corner of the Baldwin City Public Library. They are here to answer a few questions regarding the community's history.

October 22, 2009

Richard Wellman, left, and Sandra Johnson spend every Thursday morning in the history corner of the Baldwin City Public Library.

Q. How long did Media (now “West Baldwin”) exist as a village before it was annexed by Baldwin City?

A. It would be 24 years per the following article from The Baldwin Ledger of Sept 26, 1902.

--- “In 1878 William Foster laid out a town half way between the old site of Prairie City and Baldwin and called it Media. Several additions were made to the original town site but the town was never incorporated. The place has always done considerable business and had one advantage of being close to the railroad. But of late years Media has failed to grow and Baldwin has been gradually filling up the space between the two towns and now Media loses her identity. Last Tuesday night, by unanimous vote, the city council passed the ordinance that annexed Media to Baldwin. That part annexed includes the original town site with all additions and all other small tracts west of the railroad. All railroad sidetrack is also included.”

Q. In 1929, how many ATSF passenger trains passed through Baldwin City daily?

A. There were six; three north-bound (7:50 a.m., 9:10 a.m. and 5:05 p.m.) and three south bound (9:10 a.m., 3:10 p.m. and 7:36 p.m.)

Q. What was done in 1929 in Baldwin to help “lost pilots?”

A. A 20-foot sign with the words “Baldwin, Kansas” was painted on the roof of Baker Gym.

Q. A dedication was held at Old Pioneer Cemetery on June 6, 1954. What was being dedicated at that time?

A. New stone gate pillars with marble inscriptions were dedicated. W. C. Markham was the primary force in getting them funded and installed. The dedicatory address was given by Homer K. Ebright, in which he told about the lives of some of the persons buried in that historic cemetery.

Q. Per the Baldwin ordinances of 1923, it was illegal to sell fireworks, (unless the buyer had a permit from the city to provide pyrotechnical displays). How much was the fine for a violation?

A. It was a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not less than $5 nor more than$50, or by imprisonment in the city jail for not less than five days nor more than 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

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