Around 1922 at Kansas State, Freeman Havinghurst, son of an Enterprise pastor, wrote a doctoral thesis, The Economic Development of Enterprise, Kansas. There were jobs galore. In 1957, Ellen Peterson wrote about her home town, A Kansan’s Enterprise, 260 pages, much detail, lists, names, dates, events, history. At the same time K.U. Professor Edward G. Nelson wrote The Company and the Community, 430 pages, scholarly, most about the Ehrsam factory, less about the Hoffman Mill, almost a history of Dickinson County excepting Solomon and Herington. Both books were about the churches, their pastors: Dick Taylor, Ralph Taylor, John Decker, Jon Jones, Leon Glatt, Sharon Thomas, Grace Reuter, etc. The Seventh Day Adventists operated Enterprise Academy, originally German Methodist, for almost a century after 1919, left no handy history of school or students. We should have consulted Herbert Powell.
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