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100 years ago: Heat wave relentless as rain continues to pass Lawrence by

August 16, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 16, 1913:

  • "The clouds made their regular appearance last evening but as usual they failed to make good. It just seems like it can't rain any more. For several days now the clouds have gathered toward evening and suffering humanity had visions of relief, but each time the clouds broke up and passed on without shedding a drop. Last night many people hesitated about occupying the favorite places on the front porch for fear of a wetting before morning but most of them took the chance and in fact would have been glad to get the threatened ducking, but their fear was groundless. This morning dawned clear and bright and the upward climb of the mercury soon was on. Perhaps there will be more clouds this evening and it might be possible that there will be rain, nobody knows.... The Douglas county farmers have practically abandoned hope of even a poor corn crop this fall. Some of them still insist that their corn will make ears yet if rain should come within a few days but the feeling is very general that the corn crop has been lost."
  • "With some of the best entertainers procurable already engaged the town of Eudora is expecting to lay aside all cares and enjoy itself for five days next week when a Chautauqua will be staged in the city park. The entertainments are the result of a desire of the citizens to furnish to the people of the city and country entertainment that will be instructive with the added advantage that in this way the best talent in the country can be brought to the doors of a small town that could not otherwise procure it."
  • "As the result of an exchange of telegrams this morning between County Attorney J. S. Amick and the office of the Union Pacific superintendent in Kansas City, the railroad crossings east of the city are to be repaired and put into proper shape. Attention was called to the condition at these crossings and the action of the county attorney followed. It is said that this crossings are in bad shape and are rather dangerous. Mr. Amick wired Superintendent Brinkerhoff this morning that these conditions must be changed at once and received a reply stating that the U. P. would look after the work as soon as it is possible to secure the necessary material."
  • "It has again just about arrived at the time when the school kids will have to tuck their books under their arms and take that long walk to school. Especially long when the carrier had something else to do the night before and didn't have time to get that geography or arithmetic lesson. This year a new course of study has been adopted and a few of the books in the grades will be changed in the rural schools, but the change will be so slight that it will make very little difference in the course from that of last year."
  • "The committee of seventeen met last night and went over the plans for the semi-centennial of the Lawrence massacre. The subcommittees most of them met and finished up their work. On Monday evening the final meeting of all the committees will be held and the final plans made. The committee last night added about fifty names to the list of survivors, and it is now believed that the list is complete. It is also thought that practically all of the houses that were standing at the raid have been located. It was decided to hold all meetings down town in the opera house.... The scarcity of flowers is not going to interfere with the decoration of the monument in the cemetery. A large wreath will be procured by Mrs. Brooks and her assistants, and the place will be made as attractive as possible. No attempt will be made to go to the Oread cemetery, although a number of bodies still lie buried there."

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