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Proceedings of the Convention of Colored Men, Held in Edwards Opera House, Parsons, Kansas. April 27th and 28th, 1882.


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founded by the Womans' Christian Temperance Union, of Parsons. Its officers are: Mrs. Augustus Wilson, President, Mrs. S. Simpson, Treasurer; Mrs. J.L. [Walt], Sec'y. Here will be the reading room and library, that will be the reading room and library, that will be the means of supplying wholesome, religious and temperance food to the mind of our youth, and thus save them from the haunts of vice, generally found in all of our large cities.

The public park too will be another improvement that will reflect credit upon the wisdom and intelligence of our city, and our streets are also being [macadamized]. Besides the improvements mentioned above, we have three large brick school houses worth fifteen thousand dollars each. One Normal school established by the Society of Friends of Iowa worth thirty-five hundred dollars. This is for training colored teachers and other colored adults. Churches — three colored and one white Baptist, one M.E. and one A.M.E church, one Presbyterian, one Protestant Episcopal, one Christian, one United Brethern, one Congregational and Roman Catholic, total 12 churches. The mercantile profession — A more honorable class of merchants can not be found than those of Parsons, Kansas.

Banks — The Commercial, First National, and the City Bank of Matthewson & Co., are all reliable, and each is doing a good business. The press is well represented by the following name papers: Three dailies, viz: Wonder, Sun and Eclipse and four weeklies, viz: the three above named and the Weekly Witness; the last published in the interest of the freedmen. Also the opera house [Bu'liten]. If this is not evidence of public spirit where can it be found? The citizens of Parsons are high toned, generous, Benevolent, temperate and law abiding. It is truly a model city.

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