Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 2, 1976 · Page 22
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 22

Garden City, Kansas
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Friday, July 2, 1976
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Page9A Garden City Telegram Friday, July 2,1976 rooms have been made in the area. The mahogany-rimmed court, however shows a visible reluctance to lose, the grandeur of an earlier day, despite the coating of careless roof-tar applicator on the skylight and lack of any plush carpeting on the'floor. The Presidential suite, a second-floor room which looks out over Main Street, also carries much of its early-day finery. Its large bath is'xiomplete with a sitting room and fireplace. The enormous suite has three full-sized beds with room to spare, and several pieces of living room furniture are.placed about the carpeted floor. ' One of the groups making an annual visit to the hotel and its stylish court is the Kansas- Agriculture-Business-Industry-Education tour for teachers. Last June, just as other teachers on the tour in past years, the tour members walked into the court and gasped in wonder. One of the city's veteran businessmen, J. 0. Carter (a name in the Garden City business directory the last 50 years) stepped up on a chair and relived some of the glories of the hotel's hey-day. Manager Baird and Alton Garnand, son of the late owner, also were on hand to answer questions. "Was this ever a gambling casino? 1 " asked one teacher. While Carter readily admits that there are some skeletons locked in the closets of the hotel's history, he does not recall that it was ever famous for gambling. He'told them about the first dial telephone in the whole area being installed in Steven's suite. But it was a cumbersome, costly instrument which bore little resemblance to its modern- day counterpart. Present day hotel guests — mostly itinerant laborers who stay weeks or so at a time — gather nightly in the hotel court to watch television. Looking down on them from a high, elegant balcony, they appear oblivious to the role the room played in Western Kansas history. But a ghost of that early day, upon taking a late-night haunt through the court, might be seen to wink and heard to sigh as it noticed, just outside one of the large suites, a marble-topped table on which sets a basin and pitcher. From outside the Windsor has changed. But inside — a memory lingers on. LOOMING tall on the city's downtown business district, the exterior of the historic Windsor is about the same as it appeared in its heyday after its debut in 1887. Buffalo hunter John A. Stevens built the unique hotel on a homestead claimed in 1879. The Windsor was constructed of native rock and brick from a kiln, said to have been located to the east of the city where the drive-in theater is now located. Four stories tall, the original structure contained 125 rooms, no closets and only one bath — that in the owner's private suite. Note the trees, and utility poles. The poles were in the center of the streets because the merchants preferred not to cut the trees to allow the lines.- MYERS MILK PRODUCTS 1925 ii CO. 51 Years Of Service 1 tt Young Poet Seeks Role in Bicentennial MEMPHIS (AP) — Kenneth Petrucci, 29, would like to be considered the poet laureate of America's 200th birthday observance. Petrucci, who believes his work captures the romance of the time when the nation was founded, wants to be known as the "Bicentennial Poet." "On behalf of America, I want to say it is time to take advantage of the enthusiasm the Bicentennial has created and reunite as a nation and be the great country we are — America," says the son of an Italian opera singer. Petrucci, a bachelor who trots around the country doing Rod McKuen-type readings of his work, has adopted garb from the past — antique boots, ornate rings and a heavy coat with brass buttons. "I want I to share my triumph and tragedy with people and I want to revive the romanticism of the 18th century," says Petrucci, who first followed in his father's footsteps and took up the stage as a career. ' Going under the name Kenny Pipe, Petrucci did an act as an comic for several seasons in the Cape Cod area and around his native state of Rhode Island. He's been writing poetry since he was a child, but says the thought he could do it meaningfully hit him like lightning while he was on stage one night and had just delivered a good line. "The people in the audience stopped and stared at me, the owner came out and looked at me and I knew then I was not a comic, but a poet," he says. It was then Petrucci drifted to Memphis State University to complete his education and take up work on his poetic ideas. Petrucci says the philosophy of his late father, who sang around the East Coast in comic opera acts and was nicknamed "Smiling Caruso," helped s.hape his work, which initially appeared in a number of poetry reviews and began to draw comment. Now, Petrucci has published his first book and draws heavily from the collection for his readings around the nation. Called "Soul's Eye," the group of poems ends on Petrucci's personal view of life — "each truth brings us closer to God." "To make it as a poet is a difficult thing, but it can be done," says Petrucci, who divides his time between Memphis and Houston. He says there are few poets who are good at presenting their work aloud. "You have to have the ability to read and make people believe in your words. There is tremendous expressive capacity in the human voice, but most people do not know how to use it," he adds. Petrucci's work is not about the Bicentennial per se or ever any specific events of the Revolution. Rather, he says, "it covers every emotion of life." Petrucci says he is sure he could make more money in another area of writing, but feels "it is my destiny to be a poet." And his view, he expressed in one line of his poetry, is that "To be the richest man in the cemetery is only the living dead man's dream." 1929 Soda Fountain With F.A. Myers, Mrs. F.A. Myers and Lavona Becraft 1949 Soda Fountain with Vurva Scott and Clara Mae Knox MYERS MILK PRODUCTS CO. has now been serving the Garden City area for more than 50 years. In August, 1925, F.A. Myers purchased the Garden City Creamery which was located at 117 Grant in the west end of the Schulman Building. In 1927, F.A. Myers built a new building at 119 Grant and moved the entire operation to this location. M.A. Myers joined the firm as partner in 1930. They then changed the name of the company to Myers Milk Products Co. M.A. Myers purchased the firm in 1935. In 1943 the soda fountain and office were moved to 121 Grant which was then the old Knox Bakery. 1963 brought a further change in the Myers' Milk Products Co. Carl Myers joined the firm as a partner. In 1970, the plant was expanded into 117 Grant-the original location in the Schulman Building. Myers Milk Products Co. was incorporated in 1975 with the major stockholders being Carl Myers and Carolyn Myers. The employees of the company are Vurva Scott (Sec-30 yrs) Fred Medina (Plant Foreman, 14 yrs., Raymond Brown (33 yrs.), Craig Myers (6 yrs.), Ross Myers (4 yrs.), Mike Garcia (1 yr.), Routemen-Joe Nt by (4 yrs.), Robert Hernandez (2 yrs.), -Soda Fountain-Pat Heller (1 yr.), Glenn Becker (1 yr.), Wanda DrescL. (3 months), Mike Myers (2 yrs.), and Carlos Bribiesca (2 yrs). For the finest in Dairy Foods, Myers Dairy is the place to go. MYERS MILK PRODUCTS CO., INC.

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