Letter to the Editor

Library memories

Friday, December 28, 2007

Dear Editor,

As we drove south on Norris Avenue by the old 1907 Museum (once the McCook Carnegie Library), my son, Kenneth Burton remarked, "That building was 100 years old in 2007. You should write this up in the local newspaper."

His remark prompted me on Christmas Day to recall that my grandfather, Randolph Arthur Winters, contracted and built this old ornate landmark 100 years ago.

Randolph Winters was truly a Christian gentleman with integrity. For example, once upon a time, he bid and underestimated the cost to build a church. To keep his word, he built the temple, using and losing his entire savings rather than going back on his word.

As you drive down Norris Avenue past the museum, I hope this old building will have a special meaning, as it does for me and my son.

Ruth Brosius,


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  • What a great piece of local history to have! Thank you Ruth for adding a morsel of information about the Carnegie Library that I didn't have. I will think of your grandfather when I get to drive or walk past the old library now too. The church story tells a lot about the man. Thanks!

    -- Posted by ImissMcCook on Mon, Dec 31, 2007, at 11:36 AM
  • When growing up in McCook in the late 1940's and 1950's I thought the McCook Carnegie Library was one of the largest buildings in the world because I had not been to any big cities until my teen years. I remember many days of wonder entering the large building known as Carnegie Libary and discovering the adventure of childrens books. Thank you to your Grandfater Winters for building that great structure that has a lot of McCook history.

    Bob Harris

    -- Posted by Robert Harris on Thu, Jan 3, 2008, at 4:25 PM
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