Archive for Saturday, November 17, 2012

100 years ago: Early-morning phone call results in injury

November 17, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 17, 1912:

“J. C. Dodds while going to answer the telephone this morning about 5 o’clock mistook the cellar door for the one leading into the dining room and fell down the cellarway. His back was badly bruised, his head cut in two places and right shoulder hurt. It is thought that the accident will probably lay him up for several weeks.”

“Shortly after one o’clock yesterday afternoon fire was discovered in the barn on the W. A. Walborn farm, 5 miles south of town and before it could be placed under control all of the buildings and sheds on the place with the exception of the residence had been destroyed. The contents of these buildings were also lost as the fire had made such headway before it was discovered that it was practically impossible to save anything. Fifteen tons of hay, stored in the barn were lost and it is believed that the fire had its origin in the haymow although it had not been definitely located. 150 bushels of oats, 100 bushels of kaffir corn, 50 bushels of corn, one horse, one calf, several sets of harness and all of the farm implements on the place were lost.”

“The Progressives of Lawrence and Douglas county are going to hold a dollar banquet on Thursday evening, Dec. 12. The principal speakers will be Gov. Stubbs and W. A. White, together with several local speakers. The date has been set a good ways ahead because it was the only one upon which both Gov. Stubbs and Mr. White could attend. The banquet will be well advertised and the tickets will be sold to both men and women.”

“The contract for building three new concrete culverts in Grant township has been let to Glidden & Hobbs who will begin the work at once and try to have it finished before freezing weather. One culvert is located near the old Robinson farm, another on the Golden Belt road near the county line and the third on the county line north of Midland.”


Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 3 months ago

It would be very interesting to know if any concrete culverts built by Glidden & Hobbs are still in existence today. The one on the Golden Belt road is surely long gone due to upgrading of the highway, but it's possible that the ones by the old Robinson farm and the one on the county line north of Midland are still in existence.

The one on the county line north of Midland should not be at all difficult to locate. My memory is that the old Robinson farm has been mentioned in this column before, so maybe it could be located also.

And, in case anyone wants to point out that concrete poured in 1912 could not possibly still be around today, I would direct them to "Old Highway 36" east of Troy, Kansas, about 50 or so miles north of Lawrence.

"Old Highway 36" was made of poured concrete in the 1920s, and is still a perfectly serviceable highway, although it has a lot of curves and blind intersections, having been built when a typical car was a Ford Model T, and a typical speed was about 15 mph.

But, there are bumps where the sections of concrete meet. They were created by the repeated freezing and thawing of about 90 years, and have shifted the uncracked sections of concrete. But, I will admit, there are some cracks, especially near the edges of the sections of the highway.

Many structures built of concrete have lasted an amazingly long time. So, from appearances, the ability to produce quality concrete was lost decades ago. But actually, it's due to cost cutting measures, a job just barely good enough to meet specifications is about all that can be purchased today, apparently.

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