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Archive for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

100 years ago: Old enemies make up at road-work day

August 8, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 8, 1912:

  • "As the reports come in from different parts of this county, it is evident that this is one of the best wheat years that the farmers have known for some time. It is a common thing for the number of bushels per acre to average far above the estimate put upon it and not only is the yield good, but the quality of the wheat is fine."
  • "Another good soaking rain fell in Douglas county last night, which according to the official measurements totaled 1.4 inches. The heaviest fall was north of town. Here there was a good rain yesterday morning followed by another last night which puts the ground in great shape. The farmers are rejoicing over this and declare it means the biggest corn crop that they have had in years."
  • "The rain last night made South Massachusetts street the muddiest thoroughfare in town. The excavated places washed and left a situation that is bothering."
  • "Two of the oldest men in the town of Goffs, Nemaha county, quarrelled eight or ten years ago. They have been mighty careful ever since not to see each other on the street or to speak. There have been no open hostilities, but just a silent warfare. No one knows how the old grudge might have resulted eventually had it not been for this: Nemaha county had a Good Roads turnout a day or two ago. One hundred and twenty-five men with fifty teams, gave one day to improving one mile of the worst roads in the county. Three long hills were cut down, two old broken bridges were repaired.... At noon, the workers met at the big picnic in Taylor's orchard.... And these two business enemies met. After the silence and contempt of years, they looked at each other for a moment, and then shook hands. 'Bill,' said one, 'we surely do need work on these roads.' 'We surely do,' said the other, 'and the only way to do it is to get together.'"

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