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Many of us are familiar with “Reed & Elliott’s Jewelry” in downtown Manhattan.
But perhaps not everyone is aware that the store started in Aggieville!
When the Miller Theatre was built in 1926, it included space for 3 storefront stores.
One of the stores was directly under the big marquee, and squarely in front of
cars coming up Moro Street from the east. Ray Reed started his “Reed’s Time Shop”
in that prime location in 1938. His wife was named Ella. Ray had an ulcerated bone
in his leg that had to be removed as a boy, so he made use of an artificial limb.
Later in life, Chuck Elliott described Ray as, “a wonderful man, kind and thoughtful.”
Partial listing of businesses in the Aggieville area from the 1900 Manhattan City Directory
Copley, J.T., preacher, 10th & Moro
Hillyer, George B., cattleman, 10th & Moro
Moore, Henry, florist, corner of Manhattan & Laramie
Newton, Rev. B.F., minister, Bluemont between 10th & Manhattan
Willard, J.T. professor of chemistry KSAC, Moro between 10th & Manhattan
The pictures below are taken from a class book from the Kansas State Agricultural College Class of 1903, courtesy of Mary Gorman. The student photos are amazingly clear, and the ties and blouses are very cool. Hard to believe these students started college in 1899!
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Photos courtesy of Art Burgess.
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This 1955 history of Manhattan’s first 100 years, re-released with the permission of author Carolyn Jones Sayler, traces the development of this northeast Kansas town. The early pioneers were a mixed group of farmers, ranchers, judges, educators, ministers, and businesspeople. … Continue reading
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In 1989, the Aggieville Business Association decided to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Aggieville shopping district in Manhattan, Kansas. As part of that celebration, Dan Walter put together this 88-page book on the beginnings and development of what has … Continue reading