Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What Happened in Sutton, Early June, 1915?

Writing a weekly retrospective column for The Clay County News is my excuse to read old newspapers. Among the 100-year old newspapers where I find Sutton news is The Sutton Register, the Brown family paper which was established in 1880 though Francis Marion (F. M.) Brown bought the paper in the 1880's - 1886, I think. This was issue No. 1,840 in the 35th year of publication.

F. M. Brown was the publisher/editor of The Sutton Register until his death in 1917 when his son, Charles Brown took over running the paper until into the 1930's - researching that exact date remains on the TODO list.

All of the clippings in this post come from the front page of that issue 100 years ago.

Masthead for The Sutton Register


This was the usual "front page news" section on the lower left side of the Register's front page. Brown always had a broad mixture of local, area, national and international tidbits in this section plus some specific news item, this time the County Field Day. Field Day was a competition between county high schools held annually at the end of the school year.

The end of the above article including a hint at some Edgar-related
controversy that is lost in the fog of time.


Sutton had two long-term banks, City State Bank and Sutton State Bank both lasting under those names for more than a century.



The Benway Company had two locations, Sutton and Lincoln.



Yost Motors sold Fords and operated a service station on the east side of Saunders Avenue on the south bank of School Creek for a long, long time. That would be Cooney and Snort Yost.



The U. S. didn't get into World War I until 1917 but here is an indication that the war all the way Over There in Europe had in impact in Sutton at least as far as being an interruption to the normal flow of wholesale merchandise. 



The Sutton Hospital was at 901 S. Saunders Avenue, now a home. Dr. Bruno Getzlaff was the resident physician for a time. Here is our evidence that Dr. Lanphier held that position in 1915.

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