Archive for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

100 years ago: Local couple visits Panama Canal construction site

April 10, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 10, 1912:

"Mr. and Mrs. A. Henley of Lawrence were witnesses of the burial of the battleship Maine and the other funeral rites and ceremonies conducted in connection with the lowering of the famous ship in its final resting place in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. and Mrs. Henley returned yesterday evening from a five weeks' trip in the south and tell many interesting stories of the lives and affairs of these small countries.... [They] also went over to Panama where they viewed the work on the Panama Canal. Mr. Henley stated today that it was the biggest piece of engineering that he had ever seen and that he was greatly impressed at the results that have already been attained and that he believed that without a doubt it would be a great success. The work is progressing rapidly and ships will be traveling through the canal by the first of July 1913."

"J. W. Sargeant was arrested today charged with using indecent, loud and profane language. His bond was fixed at $100 and his trial set for Friday at 2 o'clock."

"In order to repair the pipe across the bridge, we will shut off the gas from North Lawrence at 2 o'clock this afternoon. The gas will be shut off in North Lawrence only for about one hour. Citizens Light Heat & Power Co."


thuja 2 years ago

I hear indecent, loud, and profane language just about everytime I go downtown. How times have changed....


FlintlockRifle 2 years ago

Miss Sarah always has a very interesting story in the LJW, I have a very good friend who with his wife just came back from a ship cruise through this canal, still a sight to see he said, it was also there 50th anniversary, what a way to celebrate-------huh


Pywacket 2 years ago

The building of the Panama Canal--what an amazing thing to have witnessed! I suppose we live in an age of wonders, but it seems to me that new versions of smart phones, iPads, Kindles, etc., debuting every month or so pale in comparison to the construction of the Panama Canal and various hydroelectric dams, the birth and proliferation of skyscrapers, the electrification of the country, the advent of telephone service in more and more homes, and the myriad other feats and accomplishments of the early 20th Century.

Of course, while Mr. Henley was viewing the Canal's construction, the stage was being set for the "Great War"'s long and horrific ravaging of Europe. Diseases such as polio, TB, influenza, and smallpox could rage unchecked wherever they got a toehold, and heart disease, cancer, and many other now-treatable maladies were more often an early death sentence. In America, segregation, bigotry, and sexism ensured a shameful disparity in life's opportunities and pleasures. Our times do have their advantages, of course, but it's fun to look back at those earlier days. Thanks, as always, Sarah, for a fascinating snippet of history.


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