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 4 years, 10 months 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.

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

what factories did they work at and were there men also working there? I know during that part of the century men and women did not congregate together in the wasn't proper

Sarah St. John 4 years, 10 months ago

An advertisement in 1911 said in part: “Boost Lawrence! Lawrence has nine large nurseries, two flouring mills, three corn meal mills, a piano factory, one straw paper mill, one horse collar factory, one shirt factory, one foundry, two machine shops, one vitrified brick and tile plant, one ice plant, two planing mills, one canning factory, one barrel factory, one egg case filler factory, three cigar factories, two seed houses, one wholesale grocery, four wholesale produce houses, a street car line, an electric light plant, gas plant, one business college, a good water system, 30 miles of paving. Patronize these people. They are leaders in their lines and will give satisfaction.”

Thirteen years earlier (November 1900), this appeared in the J-W: "People are always talking about Lawrence needing factories, and she does need more than she has, but few of the residents of the city realize how many factories we do have. Wilder Bros. (612 N.H.) employ more than fifty men and girls, John Herman's collar factory (847 Tenn.) employees about fifty men, the suspender factory (732 Mass.) employs a number of hands, Boener Bros. (722 Mass.) employ about thirty girls in their cigar factory and the brick plant (north end of Mississippi Street) employs about thirty-five men, the mills [6 E. Sixth) employ a good number of men and the iron works and foundry (Sixth and New Hampshire] are employing more men than ever before."

mom_of_three 4 years, 10 months ago

a suspender factory and cigar factories on the same block on massachusetts. and the brick plant at 6. e. 6th would be behind... waxman's???

Sarah St. John 4 years, 10 months ago

I think it is "the mills" that are at 6 E Sixth -- you know, Bowersock Mills was there -- the brick factory was on Mississippi, but I'm not sure where. I need to get down to the Watkins museum and look at some maps.

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