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The weather has given us a bit of everything here in Green. Extreme wind, extreme cold, everything except humidity! Traces of rain with the wind, and traces of snow with the cold. Green Methodist was canceled last week due to extremely cold temperatures, and Green Christian School was canceled on December 15 due to extreme winds, and again on January 6 due to extreme cold. It might just be me, but I don’t remember school ever being canceled when I was a kid. If there was enough snow, we would play fox and geese in the school yard. People in the countryside could decide for themselves whether they could go to school or not, but the school was not canceled. Can you imagine trying to educate parents in the 1950s? You couldn’t put it on TV or send a group text or send emails or Facebook or the school webpage. I remember using a call chain until the 80s and 90s when I had kids in school. How the world has changed! Whether it’s good or bad, I’ll let everyone decide for yourself.

After Christmas Bob and I went to Salina and did something that I had wanted to do for a long time.

We stopped at Long-McArthur Ford where I looked for traces of the McArthur Ford story, which started in green with Hubert A. McArthur around 1913, when he sold his general merchandise store McArthur and Wilson . I was not deceived ! I found portraits in the driveway of the Ford dealership of HA McArthur, his sons North C. McArthur, Rex McArthur, North R. McArthur and West K. McArthur. I was able to visit HA McArthur’s great-great-granddaughter, Ashley McArthur, and found out that the entire McArthur family works at Long-McArthur Ford. It was Hubert’s son, North, who moved to Salina and in 1949 he founded Long-McArthur Ford with Philip Long.

My question has been answered. Yes, the McArthurs of Salina are interested in their story that started in Green. Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about Hubert A. McArthur, born in 1869 in Vermont. He came to Kansas with his parents Clarence and Maria McArthur in 1879 and they settled north of Green where he converted and joined the Baptist Church (I guess it was the Fancy Creek Baptist Church ). He married Helen Wilson in 1898. Their two children were North McArthur and Cleo McArthur Yeager.

Cleo was the mother of Virginia Wohler and the grandmother of Peggy, Bill and Cindy Wohler (who grew up next door to me), making them HA McArther’s great-grandchildren.

Hubert A. McArthur died at his home in Green on May 10, 1938. He has been described as friendly, well loved and respected, a good neighbor and friend, leaving his family with the rich legacy of a good name. He took part in the progress of the small town (Green) where he took up residence for so many years. He was Green’s first mayor, serving from 1908 to 1913. When I research the early Greens, I find the McArthur name on just about every board to improve the town, by providing electricity, water, telephones, etc. tidbit was finding something I didn’t expect on Long-McArthur Ford’s wall in Salina. A framed document hung just inside the door. This was the 1915 buyer’s order and agreement for the first automobile McArthur Ford sold to Green in 1915! And it was sold to my step-grandfather John Friederich! A 1916 T Touring model for $ 440 plus a delivery charge of $ 29 for $ 469! Wouldn’t I like to know what happened to him!

If you would like to visit the museum, you can call me at 785-944-3334 (leave a message) or email me at [email protected] If you have any items to donate or lend to the museum, that would be greatly appreciated!

Remember to send your news today and yesterday to [email protected] or by mail at 2119 21st Road, Green, KS 67447.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3: 1

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