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Archive for Sunday, March 6, 2011

100 years ago: Lawrence fire chief orders test of water pressure

March 6, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 6, 1911:

  • "Fire Chief Reinisch sprang a surprise this morning when he ordered his department to make the regular monthly practice drill, a test of the actual water pressure. Five lines of hose were attached near the corner of Watkins bank and the water station was then notified to furnish fire pressure. According to the terms of the ordinance under which the water company is operating, the pressure must be sufficient to carry water from five lines of hose, at least 100 feet high. J. W. Wilder, chairman of the fire committee, and C. B. Hosford, chairman of the water committee, witnessed the tests. According to the opinion of the councilmen the five streams failed to attain the required height. Estimated roughly, they concluded that the streams did not ascend higher than 60 feet."
  • "A STUDENT JOKE. Chanute, Kan. -- When the pianist at the high school here put on the loud pedal in the chapel, students downstairs thought school had been dismissed. Some physics student had connected an electric wire from the piano to the gong that gives the signal for dismissal on the first floor. The faculty was greatly mystified.... The wag had concealed the wires so that the riddle was not solved for some time."

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