March2018


Spring 2018: ‘Shaw’s Story’ Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 14th, by admin in Magazine, People. No Comments

Shaw’s Story
Galesburg innovator’s legacy lives on in Southeast Kansas – and across the country

Everyone who knew him says Stanley Wilbur Shaw was an inventor by nature.

At age 8, in the late 1880s, he assembled his first bicycle, using the wheels from his dad’s cultivator (come corn plowing time, he later wrote, he had to return those wheels). By 10, he had made a crude clock and was repairing farm equipment and guns. A few years later, as a young teenager, he built his first engine.

It’s no surprise, then, that Stanley would go on to make inventing his life’s work, finding success making small engines that converted bicycles to motorbikes in the early 1900s. He would later make automobiles and vastly popular small tractors and garden equipment, like the Shaw Du-All and Peppy Pal tractors. Stanley’s company, Shaw Manufacturing, was located … Read More »


Spring 2018: ‘History on Route 66’ Sneak Peek!

Posted on March 14th, by admin in Businesses, Magazine, Places. No Comments

History on Route 66
Old Riverton Store a fixture of SEK – and Route 66 – since 1925

On the small, 13.2-mile stretch of Route 66 that calls Kansas home, there’s a business that’s been operating since 1925 – one year before the Mother Road was even established.

Old Riverton Store might very well be the oldest continuously operating business on Route 66. To the hundreds of overseas tourists – from China, Australia, Italy, you name it – who visit it each year, the store is a must-stop for Route 66 history and nostalgia. For Riverton folks, it’s simply a staple of everyday life.

“I can’t imagine there’s another business like this on Route 66 that was around in 1925,” says Scott Nelson, who took over Old Riverton Store in 2010. “It’s just always been here…”

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