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Ira Brainard, Hesston policeman
Collection: Police

Title

Ira Brainard, Hesston policeman

Subject

police

Description

At left is Ira Brainerd [sic], 3rd policeman of Hesston, Ks. At right is Albert Dunkelberger holding his daughter Myrtlester. Dunkelberger addition to Hesston is named for him. He contributed land at west side of the original Hesston townsite. Photo owner: George Brainard. -- back of photograph

"Around March 1, 1922, the city employed Ira Brainard as city marshall primarily to serve as night watchman. At $40 per month, Ira did not get wealthy. The report also showed expenditures of $5 per month for "coal for the marshall." During winter months, the marshall probably warmed himself at a stove in the city building" (Bandy, 74).

"Ira Brainard was a colorful personality and certainly well liked. Young men often teased him. King Motor Company employed a young man named Lawrence Yoder nicknamed "Stogie" because he smoked a cigar while at the academy. One July 4th, some one tied a pack of small firecrackers to a cat's tail, and the poor creature almost ran itself to death. While in the restaurant, Ira said that if he learned who did it, he would arrest him. One young man said the culprit was Lawrence Yoder. Brainard knew Lawrence only as "Stogie" Yoder, so he inquired where this "Lawrence" Yoder could be found. He heard Yoder was at King's. Brainard walked into King's and said, "Hello Stogie! Have you seen Lawrence Yoder? He's under arrest." Yoder said he had not seen Lawrence Yoder. In the shop at the rear of King's, Brainard was told Lawrence was up front. Needless to say, Brainard never found "Lawrence" Yoder, and it was equally true that Yoder had not put the fireworks on the cat's tail" (Bandy, 74).

Creator

unknown

Source

Murray Bandy Hesston Centennial 1886-1896, Hesston Public Library

Publisher

Hesston Public Library

Contributor

Brainard, George

Format

image/jpeg

Language

English

Identifier

mb_cs_p_001

Coverage

1920s

Hesston (Kan.)

Kansas


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Citation
unknown, “Ira Brainard, Hesston policeman,” Hesston Public Library, accessed November 23, 2017, http://hesston.digitalsckls.info/item/1354.
Original Format

Photograph

Physical Dimensions

3.5 in. 5 in.