Hamilton County Library started as a book club
It started as a book club. In 1931, several ladies in the rural southwestern town of Syracuse formed the Junior Book Club. The daughters of the Women’s Literacy Club became the charter officers, created by-laws, recruited members, and began raising funds. In February of 1932, a George Washington tea was held, with books for admission. 175 books were donated. In March, each member gave a benefit luncheon and raised $64.00.
The Long Way Home
Sometimes the longest trail always leads back home.
A lifelong Kendall resident, Sara Grusing Kviatkofsky returned home plus one—her husband—Nick Kviatkofsky. Sara was born in the tiny town of Kendall, on the line between Hamilton and Kearny counties in Southwest Kansas. She graduated from Lakin High School, and then pursued her degree in Social Work at Texas State University. While there, Sara met her husband at a boxing class in Austin. Shortly after their graduation in 2007, they married.
High Plains Banker Finally Returns Home
International banking took him around the world. But, eventually, after so many years working for Citibank, it was the High Plains, his hometown, and his childhood home that drew him back to Syracuse.
Bill Royer, now retired, returned in 2007 to the house of his youth—but only to fix it up for sale, not to live in. Seated in a warmly decorated living room surrounded by his loving wife, Martha, three dogs, and one cat, he shared why he went away and why he came home, and why he's going to stay in this small town of 1,600 in Hamilton County.
No Rain, No Till: Hamilton County Couple's Farm Growing
Jess and Laryce Schwieterman, two fourth generation (at least) farmers, wed in 1997 and began their life together farming in Southwest Kansas. “I grew up where my mother worked right alongside my father,” says Laryce. “That is what I wanted to do. We put a lot of hard hours in but we are not a slave to the clock; day in, day out 7am to 5pm.”
Sod House in Syracuse Now Part of History
Last May, as the City of Syracuse tore down an old RV Park on Highway 50, a small storage shed was found behind the office. It had been covered with stucco, and, over time, some of the outside wall covering had fallen off revealing the sod construction.
Going From Non-Stop to One Stoplight
In my early twenties, life in the Big Apple was fast, fun and exciting. I saw great bands play until early in the morning and hung out at the coolest bars. I had a union job with amazing benefits. I had a studio apartment for $1,300.00 a month. Something happening twenty-four hours a day. My life was fantastic.
Rediscovering a Treasure and a Time of Movies and Stars
Walk inside the Northrup Theatre in Syracuse and you step back in time. Inside the wooden framed glass doors is a world of dreams and fantasies. A small red and blue neon light hangs from the center of the lobby. Concessions are located along the south wall.