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100 years ago: ‘Enormous’ new Bowersock grain elevator finished just in time for harvest

August 1, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for August 1, 1913:

  • "An enormous grain elevator of a capacity of 400,000 bushels, and sufficient to store the yield of over 17,000 acres on an average year in Kansas has just been completed and put into operation by the Bowersock Mills and Power company in time to handle the 1913 wheat crop. This elevator has been attracting considerable attention in Lawrence since the work of construction began last winter. Lawrence people watched it grow inch by inch into one of the largest structures that the town has today. It is built of a solid block of concrete and is a triumph for the engineering profession. It is a valuable addition to the Bowersock properties and will increase the storing capacity of the mill to about a half million bushels.... The grain elevators consist of nine circular tanks stationed in a double row along the tracks of the Santa Fe. Moulded in a single form the entire nine are amalgamated and hardened into a single huge stone pile. Each tank is of solid concrete and is reinforced every six inches with a band of one inch steel. Steel rods varying from a quarter to an inch in thickness are embedded lengthwise in the walls to further strengthen them against the enormous pressure of the imprisoned grain. The walls themselves are seven inches in thickness. When filled with wheat the towering tanks will exert the tremendous downward pressure of nearly three tons to the square foot.... Perhaps the most distinctive thing about these enormous elevators is the remarkable manner in which they were built. Poured from a single mould simultaneously, each perpendicular cylinder is a unit in a composite whole. The construction is known as 'monolytic,' which means that the completed structure is one solid piece of hardened stone.... The elevators are absolutely fire-proof, being constructed entirely of concrete, with all-steel machinery inside."
  • "The slow speed at which Clark Wisele was riding his motorcycle probably saved him from serious injury when he collided with a car belonging to C. W. Sams and driven by an employee at the corner of Winthrop [Seventh] and Massachusetts streets at 9:30 o'clock this morning. Wisele was riding west when he noticed the car approaching from the north. Just as Wisele reached Massachusetts street the auto slowed down to make the turn east down Winthrop instead of continuing straight ahead as he had anticipated and the motorcycle struck the car a glancing blow, throwing the rider on the pavement. The only injuries he received were a bruise on his knee, a cut on his wrist and a cut finger on his left hand. The front wheel of the motorcycle was demolished but beyond scratches on the paint and a bent fender, the auto was uninjured.... While his wounds were being dressed Wisele stated that the car was upon him before he realized it and that he was unable to save himself. He stated that the driver gave no warning of his intentions to make a turn at this corner and that he, Wisele, thought he was going straight when the car suddenly turned and was upon him before he could avoid a collision. Wisele seemed to regret the damage to his machine more than his own injuries. He was taken to his home, 804 Arkansas, as soon as his injuries had been cared for. The machine will require considerable repairing before it will be ready for service again."
  • "Charged with desertion and non-support of his wife and sixteen-months-old child, Troy D. Ferguson, a street car employee, was arrested last night on complaint of his wife. He was arraigned before Justice Wilson this afternoon and released on $300 bond. Ferguson was arraigned on two counts. The first charged that he had wilfully and unlawfully deserted his child, leaving it in destitute circumstances for the past thirty days, and the second count prefers the same charges with regard to his wife. Ferguson's trial was set for Monday, August 4, at 3 o'clock."


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