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100 years ago: Young Lawrence man turns empty lot into successful farm

June 29, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 29, 1913:

  • "Freddie Sauer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sauer of this city, is perhaps the most enterprising young farmer in this vicinity. Freddie farms the land that is adjacent to the pump house of the Lawrence Water Company and he farms it well, too.... This morning the young Agriculturalist appeared at his home with three and one-half dozen ears of corn which he had raised on his farm, and they are among the first to appear in Lawrence. Freddie has fought away the chinch bugs and hopes to harvest a big crop of corn before the roasting ear season closes. His other crops are looking good and the indications are that this will be the best year he has had since he began tilling the 'Water Works Farm.' Freddie Sauer branched out as a farmer three years ago. He approached Mr. Street, president of the company, on the proposition and the two signed a contract whereby Freddie was to pay a rent of five cents per month for the use of the farm. Each month the young farmer paid this rent and he was laying up money besides.... This year by a bit of clever financiering the profits will be greater -- Freddie offered to pay the rent for one year in advance. Well, the Lawrence Water Company 'needs the money' so Mr. Street agreed to accept a rent of twenty-five cents for the entire year if paid in advance. Freddie produced the quarter and rent paying day does not worry him any more and he can devote all of his time to the care of his crops."
  • "The Journal-World desires to congratulate Prof. A. T. Walker for the success that attended the visit of the Coburn Players. Prof. Walker took a long shot when he made the engagement. It was the most ambitious dramatic engagement ever undertaken in Lawrence and it proved to be a good thing in every way. The Coburn Players are great folks. They present great plays. They do not reach over their audience in any vain attempt to reach the stars, but they play fairly at the audience. The three performances in this city were high class and not what is popularly known as high brow. They were just high grade presentations by individual players.... Lawrence has had a taste of this sort of dramatics and we hope that it will be well fed in the future. Altogether it was a great success."
  • "Sheriff Cummings left last night for Omaha, Nebraska, to take into custody Theodore Agle, who is wanted here for the non-support of his child. Agle left his child here in the care of Henry Ryer and promised to pay its board and support it. It is alleged that he has failed to do this and has been arrested at Omaha.... The child is a little girl about nine years old."

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