Those Were The Days


Built c.1893
Only the finest horses and mules would work for your Warrensburg Fire Department in the early days! Dapple, Duke, Tony, and Mack were some of the fastest and strongest creatures in the area and earned their spot as valued members of the Warrensburg Fire Department. The horses and mules were a key component of the department for nearly 30 years. They were trained to use the firehouse alarm and when the bell rang, they would come up the ramp, stand in place in front of the wagons, and get ready to go to work.
The building was constructed around 1890 and was rented as a livery stable. The City of Warrensburg purchased this property in 1906 to be used as a fire station from Joe H. Smith for $3,000. The article in the Johnson County Star declared, “It is the most important step ever taken by the city on behalf of the fire department and is expected to result in increased efficiency.” 
Businesses located in this space from 1898 Daisey Livery and in 1907 the Warrensburg Fire Department No1 and from 1938-1965 Unitog Manufacturing.  In 1968 Bob English started an office supply business until converting the space into an antique mall called Trash to Treasures in 1988. The building changed ownership in 1994 to Larry and Sue Dilley and they opened Those Were the Days Antique Mall in 1998. In January of 2017, Larry retired and turned the store over to his daughter Carla ‘Dilley’ Leighow and her husband Bryan Leighow who still own and operate the store today.


Unitog Manufacturing at one time employed 168 locals and had an annual payroll of $500,000.
During construction in 2017 two antique bottles were discovered from the Pertle Springs Bottling Company
The Fire Department was located on one of the fire-prone streets in Warrensburg. West Pine Street had disastrous fires in 1865 and 1873.
Shortly after purchasing the building, the city purchased a lighter fire wagon to make speed over any sort of road. Fire horses were purchased from Kansas City for $435 at the open market. The horses were dapple iron grays and matched, and they weighed about 1400 pounds each and were considered “gentle as dogs”.