Tantalizing bits of information about the house continue to surface. In addition to a few recent finds (shown below) we’ve learned that the house was reputed to be the scene of numerous poker parties at some point during the years of prohibition (from 1881 to 1948 — much longer in Kansas than the rest of the country). I’m guessing that the mysterious trap door to the basement had something to do with the gambling and presumed drinking on the premises.
Everyone knows that there are no real secrets in a small town (just open secrets), and the best ones are repeated endlessly! People still talk about a night long ago when one of the community’s respected members attended such a party in the house. As the story goes, the man won a considerable amount that evening and was no doubt in high spirits as he walked with his winnings toward his home many blocks away. He never made it.
His body was discovered in a park outside of town. The money, of course, was gone. I might possibly post about some aspects of this event in the future.
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at some other kinds of details — a few of which shed light on less sensational, but still interesting, aspects of the past: