Archive for Thursday, July 25, 2013

100 years ago: In the midst of summertime heat, mayor warns of winter fuel shortage

July 25, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 25, 1913:

  • "'Back to wood and coal if you would keep warm this winter.' This is the advice of Mayor E. U. Bond of Lawrence to the citizens. It is the only safe plan to adopt in order to avoid suffering and inconvenience this winter. The mayor sees little chance of an adequate gas supply for the city's use, in fact he sees a gas famine as the result of the decision of Judge Marshall of the Supreme Court in refusing to allow the Kansas Natural Gas Company to comply with the order of the State Public Utilities Commission. The shortage is certain to come and it will be worse than last year in the opinion of the mayor.... 'I would advise the people of Lawrence to get some wood or coal into the cellars and to equip their stoves and furnaces for the use of this sort of fuel,' said the Mayor this morning. 'We will not have gas enough to burn to keep us warm, that is certain. We will do very well if we have enough to cook with. Even if we permit a raise in the rates it will be impossible for the company to lay more pipe in time to do us any good this winter. The only safe plan is to go back to the use of coal and wood.'"
  • "The funeral of Bartholomew Howley, better known as Bert Hogeland, the young man who was killed on a rock crusher on the farm of W. Postma near Overbrook yesterday morning, was held today. Interment was at Oak Hill. The exact details of the accident in which Howley met his death are not known. About seven o'clock yesterday morning he became in some manner entangled in the belt used to drive the machine. He was carried into the fly wheel before anyone noticed the occurrence and never afterwards was able to tell the story. His jaw was broken in three places and other serious injuries sustained. From the scene of the accident he was rushed to the Simmons hospital in this city and Dr. E. R. Keith summoned to attend him. Howley died at the hospital at 3:30 yesterday afternoon.... Howley was one of a number of children sent west to be placed in the hands of farmers by a New York provident association a number of years ago. As each child bore only a tag bearing his name and place of birth, nothing is known of his parentage except that he was born in New York. R. P. Hogeland, who had raised him, had never adopted him, although he went by the name of Hogeland in the community."
  • "Plans for the C.P.A. picnic to be held at Woodland Park on August 6 are rapidly nearing completion. This promises to be one of the biggest events of the season at Woodland Park and much interest is being taken in the affair by the 'Horse Thief' Association. Several feature events are being planned for the day to entertain the visitors."
  • "These be busy times in the Kaw Valley. The potato harvest is on and it is being pushed and a fair crop is being gathered. The potatoes are of a good quality and the crop is fair so that the growers will have a good year. The acreage is much larger than usual."


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