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100 years ago: KU professor loses home in morning fire

December 2, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 2, 1912:

  • "The month of November just closed was an unusual month according to the figures compiled by the weather bureau of the University of Kansas. The month was warmer, less windy and less cloudy than the ordinary month.... The highest temperature was 73 degrees above on the tenth of the month. The lowest temperature was 20 above on the twenty-fourth."
  • "Fire of uncertain origin early yesterday morning destroyed the beautiful new home of Prof. Herbert W. Emerson on University Heights. All that now remains of the structure is a heap of ashes, burned timbers and the stone walls of the first story. Prof. Emerson estimates the loss of his house at $12,000, and added to this is the loss of several hundreds of dollars worth of furniture."
  • "Ira J. Stockwell and Alva B. Carter will leave shortly for an extended trip on a tandem autocycle. Their first destination is Galveston, Texas. After remaining there a month they will go to the Pacific coast. The boys will make their expenses by selling pictures."
  • "Washington -- The first public bill introduced in the house was by DeForest of New York to pension former presidents. It provides for $2,000 a month for former presidents, $1,000 a month for his widow during widowhood. The minor child or children of former presidents when both parents are dead would get $200 a month."

Comments

bearded_gnome 2 years, 5 months ago

Sarah, where is this location today?

• "Fire of uncertain origin early yesterday morning destroyed the beautiful new home of Prof. Herbert W. Emerson on University Heights. All that now remains of the structure is a heap of ashes, burned timbers and the stone walls of the first story. Prof. Emerson estimates the loss of his house at $12,000, and added to this is the loss of several hundreds of dollars worth of furniture."

Sarah St. John 2 years, 5 months ago

Gnome, I can't be absolutely sure, but I do know that there's a neighborhood by that name near KU. It appears to be bounded by W. University Drive on the north, Crescent on the south, Spencer Dr. on the west and Strong Ave. on the east. That might be the area where Prof. Emerson had his house. I'm still looking for old KU-area maps (not of KU itself but the surrounding area) and if I find out more, I'll let you know. And as always, thanks for reading!

bearded_gnome 2 years, 5 months ago

thanks sarah, I didn't assume that the neighborhood of today had the same referent 100 years ago, and was also wondering more specifically where the prof's house was, if possible to know.

thanks, this is always a cool feature.
soon, we need a "one hundred and fifty years ago in lawrence" to be added.

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