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Idle Hour Park
- no postmark (c1907 - 1914)
Idle Hour Park
- no postmark (c1907 - 1914)

Heim’s Agent Destroyed Bar Fixtures at Idle Hour Park
Brewery Receivers Came to Town – Destruction of the Fixtures Followed – A Bonfire on the Prairie

“Practical action in destroying joint fixtures was begun here this morning when J. A. Finley, an agent of the Heim interests, arrived in the city and upon reaching the Idle Hour Park, ordered the saloon fixtures, valued at about $1,750, taken to a nearby plain and burned. Finley is in the employ of Joseph J. Heim, of Kansas City, and it was under Heim’s orders, so stated Finley this morning, that the action was taken. The fixtures were ordered removed from the state by the Supreme Court receiver, Steve Allen and Geo. W. Whitcomb. The brewery receiver came to the city yesterday. The action by Finley followed. The receivers were appointed several months ago by the state supreme court and have been taking swift action in ousting the brewery companies from the state. In the beginning there was something like ten brewing companies and the action taken here today is a warning to those that did not withdraw from the state when the matter was being sifted through the courts.
Had Paid Costs
The Heim Company in order to end the controversy paid the state $10,500 to be divided among the receivers and defrayed the cost incurred by using the courts to settle the affair. In the provisions, the Heim Brewing Company was to remove all its fixtures from the state and they were not to be brought back. Some of the companies have taken their property across state line, but for some reason the Heim Company had neglected to do this in all cases and the receivers came here to investigate the matter.
Receivers Found Fixtures
They found the fixtures here and Heim immediately ordered J. A. Finley, traveling auditor for the Heim Brewing Company, to come to this place and destroy what was left on his property. The goods consisted of three sets each as follows: one eighteen-foot front bar, an eighteen foot back bar, an eighteen-foot mirror, six half-barrel ice coolers, a “Novelty Boy”, a cigar case, another piece of furniture valued at about $100.
An Expensive Bon Fire
All these mahogany and walnut finished equipments helped to kindle a Heim “bon fire” here this morning. The Heim Company could take these fixtures from the state in as good shape as they were before the fire started if choosed, but it did not chose to do so. In the provision made by the compromise, they were not to return them to the state and this is the reason they are not taking them away. If they are burned there is no danger of them creeping back and should some more just like them come, Heim, the receivers and all the state officials will know that the Heim company has not broken the contract entered into. It was not provided that they should bring some more into the state.
To Prove Good Faith
It was stated this morning by Mr. Finley that the company was burning the goods to let everybody know that they would not be brought back. This same action will be taken in other parts of the state. The next place Mr. Finley is booked for is Chicopee. It was impossible to locate J. J. Heim by telephone to interview him regarding the matter and his employee refused to go into detail.”
Pittsburg Headlight, September 14, 1907


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