Archive for Wednesday, July 3, 2013

100 years ago: New office building at 7th and Mass completes ‘most attractive corner’

July 3, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 3, 1913:

  • "The Perkins Loan and Trust Company has moved into its new home on the corner of Massachusetts and Winthrop [Seventh] streets, into one of the finest office buildings in the city of Lawrence. Work on this new building began about a year ago. Two old structures that had become dilapidated in the lapse of time were torn down and in their place there stands today a three story building, fire-proof, modernly equipped, constructed of the latest building material at a cost of approximately $75,000. It is a valuable addition to the business section of the city and especially to the corner on which it is located. With the new Bowersock Theater on one corner, the Lawrence National Bank on another and across from this the Eldridge Hotel, the erection of the new Perkins building on the fourth corner completes the quartette of buildings which make this one of the most attractive corners in the city.... There are a total of thirty-one rooms in the building not including those occupied by the Perkins Company, which makes this the largest office building in the city of Lawrence... There are no long flights of stairs to climb, take the elevator up to the floor you wish to reach. The new building has the distinction of being the only office building in the city with an elevator in operation."
  • "C. C. Bickard, of Seymour, Iowa, has purchased the lot in the 800 block of Vermont street now occupied by E. H. Kuhn's paint shop and will build a new garage there at once. The new structure is to be two stories high and will have a floor space 50 by 117 feet. The deal was completed several days ago and was made by R. A. Wilkes of this city. Mr. Bickard will move his family to Lawrence in two weeks."
  • "Several gallons of milk were lost on Mount Oread this morning in the vicinity of the corner of Adams and Ohio streets when the milk wagon belonging to A. R. Ragi figured in a small wreck. In some way the neck yoke was broken and the horses started to run. Several cans of milk were thrown from the wagon and the contents spilled in the gutter. The horses were soon stopped and no one was injured."
  • "Prof. S. J. Hunter of the University of Kansas and State Entomologist will lead a crusade against the chinch bugs of the state next year. A formal declaration of war was made yesterday in Topeka by Governor George H. Hodges and the Governor has placed Prof. Hunter in charge of the forces of the state which will combat with the little pests which are creating such havoc in the wheat and corn fields of the state this year. The war will begin some time next Spring. But in the meantime plans of the campaign will be laid, the ranks of the anti-chinch bug army will be recruited up to war strength by the Governor and Prof. Hunter. The campaign is to be a fight to the finish in an effort to absolutely exterminate the pesky little bugs and to save the wheat and corn crop of the state next year. This great war is to be financed out of the governor's contingent fund which is provided him by the state."


Sarah St. John 4 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Weiser! I hope you have a good one too!

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

So the "new building" in that the same building that hobbs is in???

Sarah St. John 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes it is!! I wonder if the people in that building know that it had the FIRST ELEVATOR in a business building in Lawrence? In fact, I wonder if the elevator is still there, still original, and still working? Anyone up for a field trip down to Mass Street? :-)

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

sure! I imagine it is probably in the area where you would enter from 7th street, and not sure if that is accessible on Saturday. But if it is, I will be there looking.

mass207 4 years, 10 months ago

This is the best section in the newspaper.

Sarah St. John 4 years, 10 months ago

Thank you for saying that, mass207, and thanks so much for reading!

bevy 4 years, 10 months ago

Wonder who served in the Chinch Bug Army? What did their uniforms look like? Why isn't there a memorial for them?

Wonder what chinch bug populations are like in Lawrence nowadays. Dunno - maybe the bedbugs ate 'em all!

Sarah St. John 4 years, 10 months ago

Of the "quartette" of buildings on Winthrop (Seventh) and Mass in 1913, three are still there! Sorry to say the old "Lawrence National Bank" (where Starbucks, Cold Stone Creamery, etc. are now) is no longer there.

I tried to find a picture of it to post here, so it could once again hang out with its old pals the Perkins Building, the Bowersock, and the Eldridge, but I couldn't find one!

Trumbull 4 years, 10 months ago

Very Interesting. I love this article.

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