Archive for Saturday, October 12, 2013

100 years ago: Names or numbers? Changes discussed for Lawrence streets

October 12, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 12, 1913:

  • "The proposition of marking the streets of Lawrence came up for another airing at the city council session last night.... It was also suggested that if the proposed markers were put up that the streets running east and west be designated according to number instead of their present names. This matter has been under discussion at regular intervals for many years but the proposed change always met with much opposition on the part of those who wished to preserve the names of the famous men for whom the streets were named."
  • "Another perfectly good scheme for building an interurban line from Kansas City to Lawrence seems to have been 'foozled.' And all because Lawrence didn't care to turn over to the promoter the small sum of $50,000, this money to be used in the construction of said road for which $50,000 bonds would be issued the contributors. C. A. Magee, who seems to be past master at the paper construction of interurban railways, is the latest promoter to fail in his schemes for the electric connection of the two cities. Mr. Magee hasn't announced any intentions of giving up the scheme but if he is dependent upon Lawrence capital to build a portion of the road, it seems that his efforts will be fruitless.... And thus the trackless, wireless, carless interurban continues its paper existence uninterfered with by real cars and the noisy clang of car bells."
  • "After spending over three hours in session at the regular monthly meeting last night, the city board of education adjourned without acting definitely or finally on the matter of establishing a kindergarten department for the children of the city between five and six years old or accepting one of the bids made to supply coal for the schools this winter. Both of these measures were placed in the hands of a committee for investigation."
  • "The entertainment given in the free Friday night course in the First Methodist Church last night brought out another large audience. Nearly 100 beautiful slides of Yellowstone Park were shown and Mrs. J. R. Bechtel gave a very interesting lecture explaining them. Next Friday night a concert will be given by a company of Kansas City musicians."

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