Archive for Wednesday, September 12, 2012

100 years ago: Mysterious ‘horse plague’ moves into Lawrence area

September 12, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 12, 1912:

  • "The horse plague, that fatal disease which has been ravaging western Kansas and other sections of the west, has been found near Lawrence. Four horses are believed to have died of the disease and three others are known to be afflicted at present. The deaths occurred earlier in the week while the three cases that are certain were not discovered until yesterday evening and this morning. Conditions are growing serious and it is feared that the plague may do great damage in this county as has been the case elsewhere. Every effort is to be made to stamp out the plague before it gains any headway here. Farmers and stockmen have become thoroughly alarmed at the conditions and are now endeavoring to save their horses that have not already become affected.... Kansas University experts will establish a laboratory at Ness City, Kansas, tomorrow where they will study the causes of the peculiar horse malady an will endeavor to find a cure for the disease."
  • "Democratic campaign headquarters have been opened up here in the suite of rooms to the rear of the People's State Bank Building. From this office the affairs of Woodrow Wilson in Douglas county will be looked after. Campaign literature will be distributed from there and the campaign managed."
  • "The Lawrence Paper Mill, one of the largest manufacturing industries in the state, will close down Saturday night for a two weeks' cleanup. This will be the first shut down since the mill started the middle of last October, following the installation of much new machinery.... About five thousand tons of straw are used annually in making straw board and paper and the products of the mill are shipped everywhere west of the Mississippi River, from Portland, Oregon, to New Orleans."
  • "Some one evidently got tired of walking last night for when Fred Doane got up this morning his bicycle had disappeared from the front porch where he left it last night."


Stephanie Hull 5 years, 8 months ago

Anyone know what "horse plague" is? Does it still affect horses, or were they able to develop a cure for it? Just curious.

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