Verlin (center) and Sue (at left) Wichman of Holton presented 19 historic photos of Holton and other county towns to the Jackson County  Commissioners last week. The commissioners agreed to purchase the photos, which will be on display on the Courthouse walls. The commissioners included Janet Zwonitzer (second from left), Bill Elmer (second from right) and Ed Kathrens (right).

Historic photos to be displayed in Courthouse

Historic images of the Holton Town Square and other towns in Jackson County are set to be on permanent display at the Jackson County Courthouse soon.

Verlin and Sue Wichman of Holton presented to the county commissioners recently enlarged reproductions of several penny postcards from the early 1900s that featured the Courthouse, the Holton swimming pool and downtown Holton and Circleville.

After viewing the 19 images selected by the Wichmans, who enjoy researching local history, the commissioners agreed to purchase all of the large images for $45 apiece. Many of the reproduced photos were already framed.

Jackson County Clerk Kathy Mick, who is a member of the Jackson County Historical Society, said she sought Verlin Wichman’s help to fill up the many bare walls inside the Courthouse.

“Nearly all the images are from penny postcards, where postage was just one cent,” Verlin Wichman said. “If we don’t do something, all this history will be forgotten.”

On the back of each image is a date and a short description of the image, and the commissioners considered including that information on a plaque or frame next to each piece.

“Doing all the research is fun and addicting,” Verlin said.

The commissioners said they are also interested in Wichman finding and printing older photos of the other towns in the county.

The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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