Archive for Sunday, May 26, 2013

100 years ago: Explosion injures contractor at KU construction site

May 26, 2013


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

  • "At 12:05 this noon, while at work on the excavation of the basement for the new Administration building at the University, Dan Dahlene, a Lawrence contractor, was seriously injured by the explosion of a stick of dynamite. His left hand was blown off at the wrist, his stomach badly torn and numerous internal injuries suffered by the explosion. At present he is in a critical condition.... The laborers at work on the building and students leaving their classes rushed to Dahlene's assistance.... He was carried to the steps of Robinson Gymnasium where Prof. C. H. Root and Dr. Jas. Naismith gave him first aid. Dr. J. C. Rudolph was summoned and arrived a few minutes later and gave him temporary treatment until an ambulance arrived and carried the injured man to Dr. Rudolph's hospital."
  • "There will be an election in Lawrence tomorrow. The voters of the city will decide whether or not they want to pay a tax of two mills for four years for the purpose of building new school buildings in Lawrence. It is a simple ballot that will be used tomorrow but the results will be large. If the voters of Lawrence favor the question submitted to them it will mean that $100,000 will be expended in the City of Lawrence within the next year for the purpose of erecting new school buildings in the city.... Two of these will be built in North Lawrence to take the places of Woodlawn and Lincoln schools on that side of the river which are to be abandoned then. The third building is to be erected on the school property in Southwest Lawrence. This is to be a modern large school building to accommodate the children in that section of the city who are now obliged to walk many blocks to Quincy and New York schools.... There is much doubt being expressed as to the result of the voting tomorrow. The friends of the proposition have been very active in their efforts.... However, there is considerable opposition which may be felt at the polls tomorrow. On the whole, however, there has been no great interest taken in the question by the general voter. The indications are for a rather light vote."
  • "The classes which were graduated from the University five years ago, or any multiple of five, are now busy with preparations for their commencement reunions.... It will be possible this year, for the first time, for a class to celebrate its fortieth anniversary of graduation from the University. The class of '73 still has the four members with which it left the University."


Sarah St. John 5 years ago

I had no idea there was such a serious injury associated with the building of Strong Hall.

costello 5 years ago

Me either. The injuries sounded pretty grim. I wondered how long he survived at "Dr. Rudolph's hospital," but it appears he lived another 27 years and died at age 63.

Sarah St. John 5 years ago

Unfortunately not: Perhaps the one you found is the father? I can't find a grave for this Mr. Dahlene.

mom_of_three 5 years ago

I think the one that costello found was for a son or another relative. In the 1910 census, there was a Dan Dahlene in his late 50's, who lived on Indiana, with several children at home, including a daughter and 3 sons, but the census states 7 children were born and survived to the mother. This person was also a contractor and stone mason.

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