Main Street is a national program designed to
restore downtown areas
as viable marketplaces and the center of community activity.
Emporia Main Street was established in 1991 and is a non-profit,
In 2005 Emporia received the Great American Main Street Award, the first
ever in Kansas.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Great American Main
recognizes exceptional accomplishments in revitalizing America's
and older Main Street commercial districts.
Emporia Main Street Organization
Main Streets 2007 Business of the Year - Town
Crier Book Store
Town Crier Book Store - Emporia, KS
Main Street's Annual Auction was Nov. 1, 2007
707 Commercial - Emporia, KS
This wood spirit with the 150 years wood nickel was donated for the auction.
In the collection of
All pictures and everything
in blue are hyperlinked on this page,
as well as all of the other pages within this web site.
||Throughout this web site, I have shared several topics and phases of
interest about Emporia, Kansas, USA. Emporia is a very positive
city with much history, many sites and signs of exuberant
ambition. We are very happy to be a part of such a progressive
community and enjoy sharing the history, the sites and the many signs of
progress with everyone. We moved here in 2002 when we retired, and
feel that this is truly our home. Although I have shared several
web sites and links with you as you have gone through the pages of my
I would like to share some other web sites that describes Emporia in so
many different phases.
One of the most informative and interesting web sites that
originates in Emporia, is
Flyover People. This site is
designed by a husband and wife team - Dave Leiker and Cheryl Unruh.
The web has been designed by Dave and the text is by Cheryl. The
photography is by both, Cheryl and Dave. Cheryl
is a commentator
Kansas Public Radio
for the Emporia Gazette. You
can click on the title of each of Cheryl's
commentaries and read them in full, or you can listen to
her own commentary's on the radio. Dave is
a professional photographer and he is the Web & Electronic Media
Manager for USD 253.
This web site contains Daily News -
something new about Emporia or some place in Kansas every day. It
allows for comments and has separate links for a wide variety of
Discussion Topics. The Discussion Member List includes people from
many states and other countries. The links that are available through this web site
are numerous. We are very fortunate to have Cheryl and Dave in our
community contributing so much to so many people. They are very
dedicated and consistent with their talents - all on their own time and
You will notice that many of the links below came from
Flyover People and have been printed by permission
from Cheryl Unruh and Dave Leiker
One of our favorite and most impressive links is the tour of the
Kansas State Capitol
The photography and
tour was presented by Dave Leiker on Flyover People.
We hope you will take the time to tour
our State Capitol.
More Topeka Attractions
Emporia - "Outdoor Life" - Top Towns for Hunters
and Anglers Destination
Emporia was listed by Outdoor Life
magazine as one of the top towns for Hunters and Anglers to live.
Out of 200 towns, Emporia came in at No. 115, one of only three Kansas
towns to make the list.
(Dodge City - No. 108 and Junction
City - No. 147)
Map of Emporia
Preston Plumb - One of the Founder's of Emporia
Relocating to Emporia?
Emporia On Line
Emporia Public Library
Library in the State of Kansas)
Lyon County Historical Society
Emporia Chamber of Commerce
Emporia's Recreation and Sports
Emporia Community Resources Directory
Explore Emporia in Photos
More About Emporia
Emporia's Uncle: The Poet Laureate of American
by Roger Heineken
on Flyover People
All about William Allen White
"I am not
afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today." William
"Liberty is the only thing you cannot have
unless you are willing to give it to others."
-William Allen White
"As a writer of
terse, forcible, vigorous prose, he was unsurpassed.
He ennobled the profession of journalism."
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
About William Allen White
"What's the Matter with Kansas?" William
Allen White's Famous Editorial
- Published Aug. 15, 1896
While waiting for train to take
him to Colorado on vacation, William Allen White and a local Populist
became engaged in a street corner debate about the McKinley-Bryan
campaign for President. The Populist movement was strong in Kansas
in the 1880's and 1890's, and sprang mainly
from the frustrations of farmers and laborers. Its leaders
promised to empower poor farmers and workers and improve their financial
condition. On that August day in 1896, a group of Populists
surrounded the chubby editor and poked him with a small stick.
When he broke away, he waddled furiously to his office and dashed off
1,140 angry words for the next edition under the headline "What's the
Matter with Kansas?" It was a conservative Republican's diatribe
against the populist Part of Kansas, and it rocketed him to national
This article was reprinted in newspapers in Chicago and New York, where
it caught the eye of Mark Hanna, Republican National Chairman.
He had it reprinted as a flier, and hundreds of thousands of copies
circulated throughout the country.
It gave the Republican Party a theme for the presidential campaign, and
its candidate, William McKinley, won the 1896 election,
When White returned from vacation, he found himself a national figure,
in demand for speaking engagements across the country.
The lasting effect for White was that he established national contacts
which kept him in intimate touch with political leaders and affairs.
He helped draft many Republican platforms. He became an advisor to
Presidents and Congressmen, and he visited the White House often.
William Allen White's Pulitzer Prize Editorial -
"To an Anxious Friend" -
Won Pulitzer Prize in
As an advocate of fair reporting, and well-thought-out opinion, he was
less tolerant of the brash young journalist."
After meeting and becoming friends with Theodore
Roosevelt, White moderated his conservative views. He became one
of the staunchest supporters of the progressive wing of the Republican
Party, which promoted reforms regulating the profits American business
owners might earn, and favored the enforced breakup of many industrial
In 1922, White faced arrest and a possible jail sentence due to a public
argument about labor rights and free speech with then governor of Kansas
Henry Allen. White wrote, To an Anxious Friend, after the charges
against him were dropped.
An indication of his changed views was exemplified by this editorial
in support of striking Kansas railroad workers. A passionate
defense of free speech in troubled times, "To An Anxious Friend" won
White a Pulitzer Prize for journalism.
Allen White - Free Speech
About William Lindsay White - Only Son of William
William Lindsay White followed in his father's
journalistic footprints. Famous as a war correspondent, roving
editor for The Reader's Digest and author of books, including the best
sellers "A Journey for Margaret" and "They were Expendable",
"Young Bill" took over the help of the Emporia Gazette after his
William Lindsay White - Book Review
"Mary White" - Another Famous Editorial of William
- Published May 17, 1921
Mary White, daughter of William Allen
White and his wife, Sallie White. Mary was killed in a horseback
riding accident in 1921 at the age of 16. Only a brief notice
appeared in the Gazette that day, but a few days later White poured out
his grief in a touching editorial eulogy which became a classic.
Chris Walker White - Great Grandson of William
Allen White - Present Editor of The Emporia Gazette
The newspaper remains a publication of the
White Corporation over 100 years after White purchased it in 1895.
It was operated by his granddaughter and her husband, Barbara and David
Walker, then in 1995 his great grandson, Christopher White Walker,
joined the Gazette staff as assistant publisher and now serves as editor
The exterior of the building has been remodeled through the years, yet
the character of the building and newspaper remain intact, and White's
presence is still found within. Visitors are welcome to browse in
a small museum of old newspaper printing equipment inside.
Emporia Gazette and Museum
Editorial by William Allen White - "To Pardon a
Wife Beater" - First Published in The Emporia Gazette - Dec. 1, 1906
The Emporia Weekly
Gazette - 29 Nov. 1906 - had the following article in it.
"Mary E. Mayes has filed suit for divorce from her husband, J. R. Mayes.
She alleges cruelty and abuse. She asks for the care of the three
children, two boys and a girl, ranging in ages from 4 to 11. She asks
for the household goods, attorney’s fees, and the $125 which is in the
hands of Connell & Roberts. They held a mortgage on a team of May’s
which they foreclosed lately. The team was sold, and she claims the
money over the mortgage amounted to $125."
Also, there was a small article in the same paper
"A petition is being circulated by Charles
Grimmett asking that Joe Mayes be pardoned from the county jail, where
he is serving out a ninety day sentence for wife beating. His wife
has institute divorce proceeding against him."
days later, William Allen White wrote his Editorial - "To Pardon
a Wife Beater".
The Emporia Weekly Gazette - 14 Feb. 1907 - had
an Obituary for J. R. Mayes.
He had committed suicide by taking carbolic acid, on Feb. 10, 1907.
The obituary is in the Discussion of Flyover People
WAW on Domestic Violence 1906 and
scroll down to the bottom to
"Emporia Weekly Gazette .
William Allen White's Editorial's
Books by William Allen White
Quotes by William Allen White
|| Although William
Allen White never achieved an academic degree, he was awarded honorary
degrees from ten colleges, namely the College of Emporia, Washburn
University, Baker University, Columbia University, Oberlin College,
Brown University, Northwestern University, Knox College, Beloit College
and Harvard University.
He received a Pulitzer Prize for the editorial,
"To An Anxious Friend," and another posthumously for the Autobiography
of William Allen White.
Also after his death, the University of Kansas,
Lawrence, named its journalism school "The William Allen White School of
In 1996, a panel of 15 state experts placed him
first on a list of the most influential Kansan.
William Allen White Family Life & Times
William Allen White's 1924 Gubernatorial Campaign
William Allen White - A Kansas Portrait
William Allen White - One of the Truly Great
William Allen White - A Kansas Treasure
William Allen White - Press Room
William Allen White - Home for Tourists
William Allen White - By Michael Gartner (Editor &
Publisher) - Oct., 1999
Happy Birthday 140th Birthday
William Allen White - Feb. 10,
Dedication for the William Allen White Home - Red
Reflections - William Allen White
The White House - Flyover People
White Memorial Park -
Book Review "From Emporia - The Story of William
Allen White" - by Tracy "Inside My Head"
About the Author - Beverley Olson Buller
More about the author - Beverley Olson Buller
About the Author of "From Emporia - The Story of
William Allen White" - Beverley Olson Buller - by Cheryl Unruh
"From Emporia" - Emporia Gazette
White Story - Hutchinson News
William Allen White "Emporia's Favorite Son" - Commentary by Cheryl
About Mary White
Emporia Journal: Where Eloquence Seems a
Birthright - New York Times
The William Allen White in All Her Glory
B-29 Named in Honor of William Allen White
B-29 Bombers Proud of World War II Service
The B-29 Crew visits W. A. White House - Flyover
B-29 Legacy - Flyover People
Cheryl's commentary "The Victory Lap"
THE WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE MEMORIAL DRIVE
The Memorial Drive was established
in 1955 by the William Allen White Emporia Memorial Foundation
"in an attempt to pay (White) back for his contributions to community
William Allen White House State
William Allen White Elementary
902 Exchange St.
William Allen White Memorial Library
ESU, Corner of 12th Ave. and Merchant St.
White Memorial Park
6th Ave. & Merchant St.
The Emporia Gazette
517 Merchant St.
William Allen White Bust and
Peter Pan Park - South Rural St. & Kansas Ave.
Ahh . . . . .
Posted on Flyover People by Cheryl Unruh
“But to stand about the
center of this section of prairie and to look
I think that if I did this often I would sprout
William A. Quayle in “The
Prairie and the Sea.” 1905
Kansas State Flag
Great Seat of Kansas
Kansas . . . . . . .
The Sunflower State
(Listen to Home on the Range)
We are very proud of
as it came from our own,
Morton County Library
(Our home for 32 years)
The Kansas Flag
The Kansas flag consists of a dark blue field with the state seal in the
center. A sunflower on a bar of twisted gold lies above the seal, and
below the seal is the word "Kansas". The seal contains a landscape that
includes a rising sun, representing the east; and a river and steamboat,
representing commerce. In the foreground, a settler's cabin and a man
plowing a field represent agriculture. A wagon train heads west and
buffalo are seen fleeing from two Indians. Around the top of the seal is
a cluster of 34 stars. The state motto appears above the stars.
Ad astra per aspera To
the stars through difficulties
State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Animal - Buffalo
State Amphibian - Barred Tiger Salamander
State Symbol - The Jayhawker
State Insect - Honey Bee
Song: Home on the
Tree: Cottonwood (Populus deltoides)
Library: Blue Skyways -
Kansas State Library
82282 sq.mi, 15th Land 81823 sq. mi., 13th Water 459 sq.mi., 43rd
Cattle, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, hogs, corn.
Transportation equipment, food processing,
printing and publishing, chemical products, machinery,
apparel, petroleum, mining.
Barton, 15 miles northeast of
4039 feet, 28th
Verdigris River; 680 feet,
Origin of state's name:
From the Sioux Indian for
"south wind people"
2,688,418; 32nd, 12/00
The Great Seal of the
State of Kansas
In the picture of the
state seal are thirty-four stars representing the order of statehood.
Above the stars is the motto "To the Stars Through Difficulties". On the
seal a sunrise overshadows a farmer plowing a field near his log cabin,
a steamboat sailing the Kansas River, a wagon train heading west and
Native Americans hunting bison. The Flag was adopted in 1927.