Archive for Monday, July 1, 2013

100 years ago: Road draggers prepare Golden Belt for cross-country travelers

July 1, 2013


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

  • "Douglas county is planning to see that the Indianapolis tourists who will pass through here on July 7 have good roads to travel over, at least as long as they are in Douglas county. The section of the Golden Belt Road which runs through this county is to be in the best shape it has ever been according to the plans.... Last week following the rain Mr. Duffee called upon his corps of road draggers to get out and work the road at that time as it is always better to do this just after a rain. Then the ground is soft and if the road is properly dragged there will be no ruts and holes to bother the traveler.... The Indianapolis people are expected to arrive in Kansas City on the evening of July 6. They will spend the night in Kansas City and on the following morning will start on the journey across Kansas following the Golden Belt Route. It is expected that the party will arrive in Lawrence about 10 o'clock in the morning on July 7. They will remain here but a few minutes, crossing the river here and continuing on west toward Denver, the destination."
  • "Melvin Brown, son of F. E. Brown, who lives about nine miles southwest of Lawrence, has developed a serious case of lockjaw, from a slight wound on the arm that he received a week before last. Several boys were playing together and Melvin, who is only four years old, was climbing a tree when he slipped and started to slide down. In doing so he skinned his arm. The wound was not thought much of until later when it commenced to give him considerable trouble. The wound was inflicted on Saturday and the next Monday lockjaw set in. Dr. H. T. Jones was called and treated the boy. As yet the boy is in a critical condition and nothing definite can be given out as to his chances for recovery. He has been able to take a little nourishment but the tension has scarcely relaxed enough to give him anything substantial."
  • "This morning the grocery wagon owned by D. M. Granger and driven by Willard Winey was run into by a street car on Henry street. The accident occurred between Tennessee and Ohio streets. According to Winey, he was coming east on Henry and just as he was about to turn into an alley between Ohio and Tennessee streets, the car (No. 110) came up behind and struck the wagon sideways. The wagon was turned over and the horse badly scared, the contents of the wagon were thrown out and the wagon slightly banged up. Luckily no one was hurt and the only damage done to the car was a battered up fender."


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 10 months ago

The 'Golden Belt Road' is mentioned again! I have had a saved search for a 'Golden Belt Road' sign on eBay ever since the '100 years ago: Early highway in planning stages' column ran on February 21, 2012. I have had no results, meaning that no one has listed one for sale on eBay since then.

Stephanie Hull 4 years, 10 months ago

It's amazing to think how serious a minor injury could be before the discovery of a tetanus vaccine. I read "The Great Bridge" (about the building of the Brooklyn Bridge) a few years ago. The designer of the bridge died of lockjaw in 1869 because he was hurt just as construction was starting. At least by 1913, they had some kind of treatment. I hope it worked for this little boy. (The book was written by David McCullough, and I highly recommend it.)

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