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100 years ago: New interurban ‘electric line’ possible for Lawrence

April 20, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 20, 1914:

  • "Is Lawrence to have an electric line? That looks to be the situation. Will it come on the north side of the river? It now looks that way. Will J. J. Heim build it? Mr. Heim has announced that the line is coming and that it will be built to Lawrence by December 1. Mr. Heim is a builder. He has been doing that sort of work for years and has never fallen down on a proposition. When Mr. Heim says the line will be built he knows what he is talking about.... One obstacle is in the way, and that is the bridge here. It will be impossible to build across the river here by Dec. 1. If arrangements are made to use the new bridge, which is the sensible thing to do, that will make a couple of years before anything is done. The contract for the next bridge will not be let until next August. So if Mr. Heim brings his line to Lawrence it will stop on the other side of the river for at least two years."
  • "The Junior Civic League was formed in our schools in the fall of 1909 with the following pledge: I will not injure any tree, shrub, or lawn. I promise not to spit upon the floor in a street car, school house or other public buildings, nor upon the sidewalk. I pledge myself not to deface any fence, or public building. Neither will I scatter paper or throw rubbish in public places. I will not use profane language at any time. I will always protect birds, and animals. I will protect the property of others the same as I would my own. I will promise to be a true, loyal citizen. I promise to keep this pledge to the best of my ability. The motto of this league is: If you would love your city you must make your city lovely."
  • "Henry Loesch, who grew up in the Journal-World office, left last night for Pittsburg where he takes a position on the Headlight. Mr. Loesch started working here when a kiddie and carried papers on the north side. For the last two years he has been city editor."
  • "There was an unusually heavy frost last night and it did considerable damage. The nurserymen declare that the blossoms are not much hurt but there was enough to chill them so that many will fall off. The strawberries were hurt but fortunately only a few were in blossom. The tomatoes in the gardens were damaged but few other vegetables were hurt. The frost damage will not be fully known for some days, but it is not believed that it will be so terribly heavy. However, the ground was white this morning even in the uplands and in the bottoms the frost was almost killing."

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