90th anniversary celebration
Authur Capper was a Kansas governor, U.S. senator, founder of Capper's Weekly, owned two radio stations, and began a care center for children with disabilities, now associated with Easter Seals. His birthday parties, held from 1908 to 1950 at Garfield and Ripley parks, would attract up to 20,000 people and featured free ice cream.
Ice cream at Gage Park was donated by Blue Bell. Various dignataries attended. Animals attended from the Gage Park Zoo. Music was by Marshall's Band, founded in Topeka in 1884.
Artist figures, "Arthur and Emily,"left, were created by Melissa Kingman Rau, far left. She molded hands and faces in ceramic clay. Body structures are of metal and wire mesh. The figures wear fabric clothing and real shoes.