Stop #16: 115 West Prescott Avenue

115 West Prescott Avenue

Next door (on the east) to the Staples and then the Charles Lees, Walter Clark, a bookkeeper for the mercantile company, and his wife May lived at 115 West Prescott* from 1902 to 1908. Like many loyal employees, as Lee’s enterprises grew (especially the garment division) Walter Clark left his Salina position in order to help establish business in other locations across the country. As the years passed, Walter and May probably remained associated with the Lee businesses in some capacity, as well as maintaining their Lee friendships. Years later after both their spouses had died, May (Prior) Clark and Leonard Staples married and lived in “the Walnuts,” exclusive apartments on Wornall Road in Kansas City.

* The house numbers for this location appear different over the years, namely, 123 West Prescott and 111 West Prescott.

Next Stop: Proceed to South Santa Fe Avenue and then north to Iron Avenue. Take West Iron to 636 East Iron.