100 Years – The Belleville Telescope
March 22, 1917
Belleville’s Building Growth
This Community Shows many Signs of Future Growth and Development.
The opening of spring will see considerable activity in the building boom in Belleville. A number of residences and modern bungalows are planned and several business buildings as well.
A fine new garage will be built by Harley Lewis, the Ford agent, on the corner of Broadway.
The building will probably be 50x 150 and will be built substantially to take care of the Ford business, as well as some storage business.
Mr. Sissell of Cuba has bought lots on the North Side of the Square of W. G. Saip and has let the contract for the erection of a modern building to be occupied by Frank W. Simmons, the tire service man, who will equip the new building to take care of every want of the motorist in the tire service line. We understand the new building will cost from $12,000 to $15,000 and will be a valuable acquisition to the North side. ‘We understand Mr. Chapin is figuring on taking over the White
‘We understand Mr. Chapin is figuring on taking over the White Way Theatre, which he owns, on the South Side. Mr. F. M. Johnson, of Lincoln, is here this week and rumor has it that he will enlarge the Rex Theatre on the North Side.
With the installation of a sewer system for Belleville this summer and a reduction in light and power rates additional growth and development will be encouraged.
It is understood the Belleville Post office has done enough business during the fiscal year just closing to entitle this city to free city delivery.
This will put on probably four city carriers, add a man to the post office force and increase several salaries in the post office.
The Willard Company, a National battery service Institution, has established an agency in Belleville because this city is at the junction of two” National Highways. With five large roomy garages soon in operation Belleville would be a Mecca for tourists who would leave thousands of dollars in the city, if the town were handicapped with lack of facilities. No town in the state the size of Belleville has better hotels, but the demands of this town have simply outgrown the present hotel capacity—and it is not fair to the town nor fair to the business interests of the town to hold back its growth because of lack of hotel capacity.
This town wants to grow—it is showing every evidence right now of a Progressive Future and the hotel situation must be solved for the good of community.
Federal Aid to good roads is coming to Kansas and the next few years will see the principal highways of Kansas hard surfaced. The future motor traffic that will pass over the two National Highways making a junction at Belleville will be more valuable to the community than a transcontinental railway. This community is right
This community is right upon the threshold of an era of unprecedented growth and prosperity and the only thing that will hold it back—if indeed it is held back—will be inadeqnate hotel facilities.