Monday, April 13, 2009

It's not just a wall mural...

This is a mural found at 1st and Main in Herington. A woman drinking a soda.

What questions do you have?

If you're in the Explorer mind set you might be asking yourself who did the mural and who is the woman and does she have a connection to Herington. Excellent Explorer questions!

Turns out that Milton Fleming did the mural. He also did the train mural at Broadway and Day. I think he was a local man, with a nice talent.

You've maybe seen the pose before. The woman was a celebrity model for Coca Cola, and was also an actress and music hall singer. Coca Cola used her for advertisement from 1895 to 1903, the time of her marriage to a millionaire. Now, collector's pay top dollar for items with her image.

Guess what? She's Hilda Clark and was born in Leavenworth in 1872. Yes, Leavenworth! You're home to the Coca Cola model!

Is there some connection with her to Herington? That's the rest of the mystery -- and I don't know the answer.

You all did so well with providing more information on LoMar that maybe you'll know the rest of this story, too.

Asking questions helps us all "Get Kansas!"

KE #2 Marci Penner

P.S. Norma Mosier, thanks for help with this much information!

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