Archive for Wednesday, April 20, 2011

100 years ago: Tornado winds drove chicken feathers into phone poles

April 20, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 20, 1911:

  • “Vagaries of the tornado still continue to come to light. The linemen replacing the uprooted Home telephone poles tell of finding chicken feathers sticking in nearly all the broken poles they repaired. The feathers have been carried along by the storm, and have penetrated the poles in some instances a half inch. It will be remembered that the day after the storm a phone pole in North Lawrence was discovered in which a common wheat straw was embedded to the depth of an inch and a quarter.”
  • “A party of six trustees of the Nazarene College at Hutchinson were in Lawrence today looking over the city with a view of transferring the school here. The Nazarenes have been talking of bringing their college to Lawrence for several years, and the trip of the trustees here today indicates that the project is being even more seriously considered than ever.”
  • “Ralph Tripp, Santa Fe operator here, has a story, ‘Humanity in Railroading,’ in the current number of the Santa Fe magazine. It is a fine story and is true, the experiences being those of young Tripp, when railroading in the Panhandle of Texas. Ralph Tripp’s father, H. P. Tripp, lives in North Lawrence and is an ad compositor on the Journal-World.”
  • “The Journal-World office has a lot of garden seeds which it will be glad to give out to the boys who are planting on vacant lots. Or for that matter it will be glad to give out the seeds to anyone who will plant them. That is what they are for.”


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