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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Colonel Ike Scanlon ~

Photo and Question
Thanks: Bill May
Greetings Charles:
I wonder if you could place the attached picture of Colonel Ike Scanlon (real name was Michael Scanlon) on your blog. He was a train announcer for the B & O Railroad, but most people would remember him as selling newspapers at the corner of Main and Jefferson by the Hot Dog Shop. He left Butler in 1936 to move with his wife to Baldwin, Kansas. He was quite the well-known celebrity in Butler and even had his own orchestra "The Star Orchestra". He ran the miniature railroad at Alameda Park and was the first to sell souvenirs at the amusement park.
-- Bill May

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was way before my time, but the comment about Colonel Scanlon selling newspapers made me think of something else. Who can remember the blind man who had a concession stand at the old Post Office? If I remember correctly, he used to sell newspapers and candy. What was his name?

Jerry said...

I remember a little guy who used to sell newspapers downtown. He would be at St. Paul Church when Mass got out selling papers. Was his name Sutton?

Anonymous said...

I used to a friend of the blind man's daughter.Her name is Barbra Broda she would be 65 now. His last name was Broda. He lived in the West End of town in a street between Cleveland Street and American Avenue. It was called Wiltshire Avenue.

Anonymous said...

I don't remember a blind vendor in the post office, but there was one in the courthouse.

Anonymous said...

Yes Old Post office.Around 1956 to 1961. He was a very nice man.

George - KCMO said...

This photo of Michael (Mike) Scanlon is my uncle. Baldwin, KS is my hometown Uncle Mike married my dad's sister Rae Greer. When I could first remember him, he sat in a chair all day due to his inability to walk with out the help of Aunt Rae.

Anonymous said...

If you have an email George, I would like to ask you some questions about Colonel Ike (Mike)Scanlon.

George Greer said...

Sorry to be so late in responding. Haven't been on computer much lately.
My email address is:greersage@gmail.com

George Greer