Archive for Sunday, July 14, 2013

100 years ago: Temperature nearly at 100 this afternoon

July 14, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 14, 1913:

  • "'Ninety-nine degrees above at 2 o'clock and still going up,' was the cheerful message received down town this afternoon from the Mount Oread weather man. He wouldn't say just how much higher the mercury was going but the indications were for a heat record before the close of the day. Down town thermometers far out-distanced the mercury on the hill and on the east side of the street this afternoon temperatures as high as 107 were recorded. However, Lawrence is at a disadvantage in the race for records as the official indicator is located on the coolest spot in the city, but even at that it wasn't at all chilly on Mount Oread today."
  • "The girls who work in the factories ought to have a place to go for their meals. Experience has shown that they do not go to the rest room. These girls need to some central place where they can congregate at the noon hour. The social service rooms can easily be used for this purpose. The girls could meet there at the noon hour from all the factories and have a good social time. This is a suggestion that the good people of Lawrence ought to look into. There is just now a spirit of helpfulness that is being exemplified in many ways and here is a chance to do a good work. It would be possible to make that noon hour both profitable to the girls and entertaining. It is something that ought to be done and done when the weather is hot. Let us get busy at this service and show our helpfulness in a substantial way. There would be no expense entailed at all."
  • "Eudora is to have a new $8,000 church building before the close of the year. The congregation of the German Lutheran church voted yesterday to proceed with the plans for a new building. Work is scheduled to begin in the very near future.... The present church is one of the oldest in the city of Eudora having been built almost forty years ago. The congregation has grown very much of recent years and the need of a new building has been felt for some time. It is planned to tear down the old building and erect the new one on the same site."
  • "C. O. Bowman, secretary of the Lawrence Merchants Association, has finished his regular report on the second quarter of the rebate system established by the Lawrence Merchants a few years ago. The report shows that the sales to out of town customers who come here to shop increased in the second quarter this year almost two-fold. Since this system has been established in Lawrence many out of town people have come here to do their shopping and in many instances their entire car-fare has been refunded by the Association, which really is a big advantage to both the Merchant and the customer."
  • "Ninety motorcycles left Hutchinson this morning on a tour to Denver, conducted by the Kansas Short Grass Club. Participants gathered from as far east as Ohio.... Miss Ines Patterson of Pratt and Miss Rachel Crebs of Haviland rode motorcycles. A number of other women rode on motorcycles with their husbands."


Sarah St. John 9 months, 1 week ago

I'd like to mention that this is the second time recently I've seen use of the term "rest room" to mean what we'd call "break room" -- I wonder how it came to shift to mean "room with toilets and sinks"! Anyway, I'm glad someone stepped up to help these factory girls who lived too far to go home for lunch and had nowhere to sit and enjoy their sack lunches. There are more details coming later this month on how this project turned out.


boiled 9 months, 1 week ago

Too bad Al Gore wasn't around back then.


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