Topeka company leads charge against 'pure shoe law' in 1914

By Angela Holcomb

The Hutchinson News

Editor's note: These historical items are derived from Hutchinson News articles published in April during the years listed below. Information in parenthesis is for the purpose of clarification.


A Topeka shoe company, acting for the Kansas Retail Shoe Dealers' Association, filed an injunction suit to prevent the enforcement of the pure shoe law enacted by the last Kansas Legislature. The law requires that all shoes that contain substitutes for leather must be stamped to show that alteration.

Music lovers from all over central Kansas came to Hutchinson in April to attend the Spring Music Festival. Tickets to the event were available for $1.50 and $2.50.


Scores of Hutchinson residents were in the throng assembled for the world's premiere of the motion picture "Dodge City" at Dodge City's three theaters . A special train went through Hutchinson carrying Gov. Payne H. Ratner and movie stars Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan to the celebration.

Chill northwest winds howling down from Canada were expected to send the mercury to the freezing point and possibly turn rain into snow in Kansas.


Hutchinsonians found themselves driving around the block for another look when they saw a hanging dummy from the roof of 325 E. Fourth Ave. Roofer Frank Field, the man who put the dummy up as an April Fool's joke, said it was his "working partner."

Studebaker's Jewelry, located at 115 N. Kansas in Haven, was having its "Going out of Business" sale of 75 percent off of all nationally advertised jewelry and gifts.


On the eve a court-ordered deadline to alleviate overcrowding at the Kansas State Industrial Reformatory, prison officials reduced the facility's population by 158 inmates. The 158 inmates were transported by bus to other facilities in the state.

"Lose Weight with Hypnosis", a one-session weight loss seminar was held at the Holiday Inn at 1400 N. Lorraine St. in Hutchinson. The "extremely effective" and "very powerful" program was lead by Diane Hein.

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