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Out of the Morgue

Size matters in war, salaries and food in 1917

Pictured here, advertisements found in the September 1917 pages of the Great Bend Daily Tribune.

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Each week we’ll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We’ll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what “the rest of the story” turned out to be.

This week in 1917, The Columbia Broadcasting System went on the air with 18 radio stations. It would go on to become one of the largest media empires in America. In Great Bend, this event went wholly unnoticed. After all, radio was in its truly infant stages. According ...


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