Archive for Sunday, July 11, 2010

100 years ago: Marble fountain arrives in Lawrence

July 11, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for July 11, 1910:

“Thirty-three years ago Henry Whaley left his home to make his fortune in the world. He traveled about Kansas and Nebraska and all over the great northwest for many years, writing to his relatives, until fifteen years ago, when all trace of him was lost. A few days ago George C. Whaley, who lives on a farm six miles southeast of Lawrence, received word from Sharon Springs that a man was in the county poor house there in a partially paralyzed condition, who might be his cousin, and Henry Whaley was brought to his old home here. His sister, Mrs. Sarah Penry, of Lancaster, Mo., is carrying out the investigations into the strange mystery. Henry has no memory of the past eighteen years and only a few indistinct incidents of childhood. He bears scars on his forehead on the back of his head, one a very deep scar at the base of his brain.... The magnificent five ton marble fountain which the efforts of the local Humane Society has made possible for Lawrence has arrived. The drinking basin is to be located at New Hampshire and Warren and despite its substantial size will not materially obstruct the thorough-fare.”


Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 5 months ago

What happened to the five ton marble fountain on New Hampshire? It seems that it would be a rather difficult thing to lose.

Nicholas Lerner 7 years, 5 months ago

I'm fairly certain that the fountain was moved to its present location in Southpark just West of the Gazebo.

Sarah St. John 7 years, 4 months ago

Mr. Danger is correct. The fountain was originally placed at New Hampshire and Warren (currently 9th, I think, as Prospector says) in 1910 and was intended to be a drinking fountain for horses and other animals. It was moved in the 1920s after horse-traffic declined.

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