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100 years ago: Kansas man assures friends that he is not dead

December 10, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 10, 1911:

  • "Many Lawrence people this morning were feeling very bad over the news that Wesley Stout, a former University student, had lost his life in a fight in Mexico. Mr. Stout was well known here. This afternoon the Journal-World received this news through the Associated Press: 'According to a dispatch received in Oklahoma City last night Wesley W. Stout, a well known western newspaper man, was shot to death in a pistol duel with several men [in] Mexico. A message from Mr. Stout today says: "I regret to dispute the accuracy of the dispatch, but I am very much alive. I am at present city editor of the Coffeyville, Kansas, Journal and have not been in Mexico in three years."'"
  • "That there is some attention needed at present to certain streets and roads in Lawrence and at the edge of town is the opinion of H. B. Bullene and other Lawrence men who are eager to see the Good Roads movement accomplish something. Mr. Bullene this morning said: 'The road between Lawrence and Eudora should have some attention. The road would be a fine one, if it were just fixed properly. When it is dry the road is too dusty to use, and after a rain it is too muddy. There are other places, mud-holes in Lawrence that should be looked after.'"
  • "Fred Clark and Francis Jaedicke were the champion oyster eaters at the C.P.A. last night, each one storing under his vest five dishes, and the dishes were big and generous."


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

"James Ross Clemens, a cousin of mine, was seriously ill two or three weeks ago in London, but is well now. The report of my illness grew out of his illness; the report of my death was an exaggeration." - Reported by Frank Marshall White, 'Mark Twain Amused,' New York Journal, 2 June 1897. White also recounts the incident in 'Mark Twain as a Newspaper Reporter,' The Outlook, Vol. 96, 24 December 1910

Variant: "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."

"I said—'Say the report is greatly exaggerated'." - Mark Twain, 'Chapters from My Autobiography', 'The North American Review', 21 September 1906, p. 160

Whatever Mark Twain actually said in 1897 or 1906, the fact was he wasn't dead yet. That situation changed April 21, 1910.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

Most likely the oysters came from the East Coast, and were shipped by rail. I'm sure that oysters were very expensive here due to the transportation cost.

(Although it is possible that "Rocky Mountain Oysters" were being referred to!)

Clipped from 'The History Magazine':

"The Refrigerated Railroad Car

Beginning in the 1840s, refrigerated cars were used to transport milk and butter. By 1860, refrigerated transport was limited to mostly seafood and dairy products. The refrigerated railroad car was patented by J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan in 1867. He designed an insulated car with ice bunkers in each end. Air came in on the top, passed through the bunkers, and circulated through the car by gravity, controlled by the use of hanging flaps that created differences in air temperature.

The cars helped establish mid-Western cities, especially Chicago and Kansas City, as the slaughter centers of the country and also created regional produce specialization. Consider Georgia peaches, California grapes, peaches, pears, plums, apples and citrus, Washington and Oregon apples, pears, cherries, and raspberries, and of course, Florida citrus. The increasingly widespread distribution of fresh foods expanded markets and helped to create healthier diets of meat, produce, eggs, butter, milk, cheese and fish.

There were different car designs based upon the type of cargo, whether meat or fruit. The first refrigerated car to carry fresh fruit was built in 1867 by Parker Earle of Illinois, who shipped strawberries on the Illinois Central Railroad. Each chest contained 100 pounds of ice and 200 quarts of strawberries."

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

I started to wonder what the C.P.A. was.

A quick search on came up with 'The Catholic Press Association', which was in existence at that time, however the timeline sure does cut it close. However, I cannot find anything else that it might have been referring to.


"1911 After four previous attempts had failed, the present-day Catholic Press Association was organized at a meeting at the Chittenden Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, August 24-25, 1911. About 60 delegates representing 37 publications attended, including a half dozen women, almost two dozen priests and more than 30 laymen. Edward J. Cooney of the Providence Visitor was elected president, and his publication provided a Convention booklet exhorting delegates to achieve "the greatest possible results from the meeting.” He said the aims of the new Association would be to publicize news of Catholic interest, combat the evil influence of some of the secular press, secure national advertising and agitate against higher postal rates."

Sarah St. John 6 years, 6 months ago

Sorry, but it was probably the Cattlemen's Protective Association. To this day there is still a C.P.A. picnic ever year in Eudora. When I first moved here, I wondered why accountants got their own picnic, but then someone set me straight!

Sarah St. John 6 years, 6 months ago

"Ms. St. John should do a comparative study and take into consideration as well, technology and road materials."

I lack the proper training... not being a roads scholar.

(Bwahahahahahaha!!!! Oh I've got a million of 'em.....)

Sheryl Wiggins 6 years, 6 months ago

dork laugh yep I love a good pun--and even a bad one.

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