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100 years ago: County considers purchase of steam grader

March 26, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 26, 1913:

  • "The cause of Good Roads seems to have found some more and very valuable allies. The county commissioners of Douglas county are intently looking over some models and plates of steam driven road graders with a view of making a purchase in the near future. While the commissioners have taken no definite steps toward this they are very much interested in the literature that is being supplied by companies eager to make a sale. At present there is not a steam grader in the county, the road work being all done by small graders and scrapers. There are several of these in the various townships and while they have been used to very good advantage a steam grader would be much more efficient. The work could be done with much more rapidity and much more of it."
  • "One K.U. girl came very near being an eye-witness of the calamity at Omaha, Nebraska, last Sunday night. Miss Vera Dugger, a Freshman in the College, was spending the Easter vacation at her home in Fairbury, Nebraska, about 100 miles from the city of Omaha. The storm had more or less spent itself and the wind clouds were high in the air as they passed over Fairbury. 'At first the sky was a sort of murky yellow and the air seemed to be filled with sand,' she said today when she returned to Lawrence. 'Then everything turned black, but we escaped entirely. But we were certainly scared and we knew that there had been a terrible storm close to us.'"
  • "Operator Jack Aldrich at the Western Union office perhaps never copied a message which sounded better to him than a couple which came over the wire addressed to himself this morning. They were from relatives in Omaha and Council Bluffs and brought the information that they were safe. However, their homes had been destroyed in the tornado."

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