From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 20, 1911:
- "The Lawrence tailors are not doing any business today. Not especially due to a dull season in business, but because the suit-makers have an attack of the picnic fever and have gone out of town to get cured. All of them agreed that they would close up and suspend business today and take a trip out into the country to enjoy the day. But there is one thing that the tailors refused to do and that was to tell anyone where they were going. They just went and that is all there is to it. There are a large number of tailor shops in Lawrence and there was a good sized crowd of picnickers who left Lawrence this morning. They have planned all sorts of amusements for the day, including a ball game between two teams of tailors. They will be gone all day and tomorrow will be back in their shops prepared to settle down to the long winter's grind."
- "The demand for storm sewers is in excess of the ability to order them. Councilman Broeker has been trying to get a storm sewer between Connecticut and New York streets in the 700 block but the demand is so great that he has been unable to do so. The water backs up as far as Rhode Island street and fills the alleys. Mr. Broeker believes he can secure this needed improvement in the next few months."
- "Erasmus Haworth, a professor of the University of Kansas and state geologist for Kansas, who is to have charge of the inspection party of the utilities commission which is to determine whether there is sufficient available gas in Oklahoma and Kansas to maintain a supply for the two Kansas Citys, will arrive today or tomorrow and begin the organization of the inspection force."