Archive for Friday, June 1, 2012

100 years ago: Ten wells condemned in east Lawrence

June 1, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 1, 1912:

  • "Some wells in Lawrence have been condemned by the state chemist as furnishing water that is unfit for use. The department of water analysis of the University has just completed an investigation of all wells in the east part of town and of those, ten have been absolutely condemned and the eleventh is being held under strong suspicion.... The report states that in all of these wells there has been found a sufficient amount of bacillus coli to render the use of the water very dangerous and the condemnation of the wells is recommended. The samples were taken from wells, cisterns and drilled wells located on New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island streets."
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  • "Ever since the Sophomores painted the big yellow '14 on the roof of the high school building the seniors have been plotting and laying plans for further adorning the roof but it was not until after the close of school that any of them were carried out. But yesterday morning persons who passed the high school building noticed two large '12s painted in white, one on the roof and the other on the north wall of the building. The seniors have accomplished their purpose but no one knows who did it."
  • "Mrs. Vina Weyermuller spent Memorial Day at Fort Dodge, Kansas. She was greatly impressed with conditions in Western Kansas."
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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

"The report states that in all of these wells there has been found a sufficient amount of bacillus coli to render the use of the water very dangerous and the condemnation of the wells is recommended. The samples were taken from wells, cisterns and drilled wells located on New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island streets."

If we could return to libertarian utopia, as governed by natural law, we all could again be drinking from "freedom" wells such as these, rather than being forced to drink evil gubmint water.

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