Archive for Thursday, August 30, 2012

100 years ago: Cover the city water reservoirs, KU expert says

August 30, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 30, 1912:

  • "Rev. J. P. Coffman began this morning the remodeling of his rental property at the corner of Maine and Warren [Ninth]. The house will be made thoroughly modern, the work being done by Olmsted Bros. The work will be rushed so the house may be rented in October."
  • "A case of rabies that was discovered several weeks ago in west Lawrence has resulted in the death of two horses, two cows, and the dog that originally had the disease.... Some time ago it was suspected that the dog had the disease and he was killed and the head sent to Kansas City for an examination. Dr. A. T. Kinsley, who made the examination, reported that it was a severe case of rabies."
  • "Lawrence began the marking of its share of the Golden Belt Road this morning when the signs were put up between Lawrence and Eudora. Ray Ogden, Fred Morris, Will Hutson and C. B. Hesford composed the squad of men who did the work of putting up the signs this morning. They took a car and covered the road which now is officially designated as the Golden Belt. Lawrence also has the signs ready for the marking of the road from Lawrence to Perry and they will be put up right away. It is also planned to place arrows n these posts indicating the direction to Lawrence and the number of miles."
  • "C. C. Young of Kansas University and assistant in the department of water analysis stated yesterday afternoon to a Journal-World reporter that he has spent considerable time in looking up the affairs of the Lawrence water supply and the Lawrence water company and has come to the conclusion that Lawrence will never have a pure water supply until certain improvements are made at the plant.... In the first place he says that there is a certain amount of iron and calcium carbide (lime stone) in any natural water and that it is not injurious at all as is sometimes supposed. But it is the algae that grows in water that makes in impure and even dangerous. The algae is what must be removed. To do this Mr. Young says that the water reservoirs at the water plant should be covered so that no sun light can get to the water. The algae will not grow in the dark and with the reservoirs covered the algae trouble would soon be over."


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