Pictures of Bird City Kansas 1885 to 1900
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July 4, 1885
Celebrating the completion of the center well
Looking at the Johnson Garage. In the background in the band shell. Left to Right: Oak Byers, Orville Witham, Bill Witham, Earl Byers, Olin Smith, Nate Wasner, Jim Brawhill and Olin's Dog.
Building on to Shahan & Son
Hardware, Implements & Harness
From The Cheyenne County Citizen
This building burned down on Christmas Day 1920.
Published August 11, 1983 in the Bird City Times
Picture was probably taken in 1908 or ha1909, most likely in 1908. This was the hardware store of T.N. Shahan and son (Walter W. Shahan). Tin siding was being put on the building, there is an open door just to the east of the Hardware Store and that was a stable, next to it was a hotel, the next building to the east was the Real Estate office of Albert Weaver the west one third of the hardware Store (west side) were living quarters, both upstairs and downstairs. W.W. Shahan and his family lived upstairs and T.N. Shahan and his wife lived downstairs. At the back of the building was a stairway and that is how people got into the kitchens. On the northwest corner was a bedroom and then a living room in the northeast corner. The second bedroom was at the back on the opposite side of the kitchen.
The people in the picture are: Walter Shahan on the scaffold, the center of the picture (sitting down) the other man in unknown. In front of the building on the left hand side, is a travelling man, they used to come to Bird City on the train, getting off every other town, go to the end of the line, which was St. Francis and on the return trip get off at the towns they had missed. Mr. and Mrs. T.N. Shahan and Mrs. Edna Shahan holding Vernon E. Shahan on the ladder.
The reprint of this picture was made from a glass negative.