Archer & Gunn Mercantile (A&GM), Olney’s newest business to open, sells mostly hunting supplies and is a great fit for Olney and the surrounding area. Owner operator Reid Miller says, “The idea to open the mercantile happened organically. We have a group in town who are making improvements to Olney and we were able to obtain this building and started shooting ideas around, talking to some guys in town and talking with Sammy Livingston, who had some ideas on this sort of stuff and helped get it launched.”
Air Tractor’s Vice President of Finance, David Ickert, has recently retired following 31 years of employment. Upon returning to Olney in 1976, Ickert’s wife Marilynn began working at Air Tractor, with Ickert joining her in 1989.
February 15, 2021
Shortly after the Civil War ended, African-American baseball players played the first public baseball game between all African-American teams. This in turn opened the door to form more than 200 African-American teams throughout the U.S., according to a PBS documentary. In some cases, African-American players were integrated with white players, but Jim Crow laws coupled with racism prevented them from benefiting from maximum exposure and playtime. Eventually, the Negro League was started and began to disband in the late 1940s when the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson.