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100 years ago: ‘Why does it rain all around and each time miss Lawrence?’

June 10, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 10, 1914:

  • "Why does it rain all around and each time miss Lawrence? Is there some geographical reason why rain clouds should pass around this part of the country? These are questions that the people of Lawrence are beginning to ask. It has happened so often this spring that it is almost becoming a habit. Last night more than an inch of rain fell at Topeka. The thunder was heard here and the clouds seen, but no rain did we get. The condition is becoming serious with the farmers for the reason that the time is past for large rains and while we will doubtless have showers during the summer, the ground is becoming so dry and parched that these will not reach down to the root of things. What is needed is about a week of steady rain to soak deep into the subsoil."
  • "Miss Leotis Lentz, who graduated from the University here and who on last Wednesday graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, committed suicide by taking poison. This step is deeply regretted but it does not surprise her friends here. Miss Lentz had one of the hardest struggles of any girl who ever graduated from the University and for two years she was in such poor health and such low spirits that her friends feared she would take her own life.... So far as known Miss Lentz has no family except her father, who had married the second time. Since the age of 15 she had supported herself entirely. She had a public school education and then trained as a nurse. She then worked her way through the University of Kansas, receiving a degree of Bachelor of Arts, spending two years in medical school of that institution. She then came to the Women's Medical College for her final two years of study. A telegram sent in an effort to locate her father is so far unanswered."
  • "The forty-second annual commencement of the University of Kansas took place this morning at Robinson gymnasium. Five hundred graduates, capped and gowned, received their diplomas from the University before a large concourse of relatives and friends.... Chas. Reynolds Brown, dean of the Divinity School of Yale University, made the address to the graduates of Kansas University this morning. His subject was, 'The Scholar and the Community.' 'The people of Kansas,' said the speaker, 'have invested heavily in you. They expect returns not in dollars, but in deeds.... The most of us are switch engines,' he said, 'puffing within the narrow confines of freight yards. To only a few are given the charge to pull the Overland Limited. All the remarkable people of any country could be put in a small building. All this life is full of drudgery and the common-place and it is for the student to interpret this everyday life on its upper side -- to give that interpretation of life which will make the humblest existence a glorious privilege.... Any work well done and its spiritual implications fully seen is a privilege.... Wisdom comes always first; understanding second. Knowledge is power only when it is wrought out in terms of real life.'"
  • "Mrs. Eliza Jane Ford, or Mrs. Beazley as she is known to some, died last night at 6 o'clock at the Simmons hospital. Mrs. Ford was hurt in a runaway Saturday afternoon on Massachusetts street.... The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at the Linwood Methodist church and burial will be in the Linwood cemetery.... She moved to Lawrence in 1857, and was one of the really early settlers, having been here at the time of the Quantrell Raid. At that time her youngest child, a baby, died in the saddle and she saved her three daughters by hiding them in the brush north of the river."
  • "The Bowersock mills are preparing to put up a new elevator on the north side of the river. This has been contemplated for some time as it is needed for storing the grain that arrives over the Union Pacific railroad. The material for the elevator has been ordered and the work will be pushed as rapidly as possible so that the new elevator will be ready to help care for the big wheat crop that is expected."
  • "Former Governor W. R. Stubbs and J. E. Stubbs returned last night from Texas where they have been buying stock for their new ranch. They bought 1,000 head of pure blood Hereford cattle. This now puts 2,000 Herefords on the ranch but it will take a lot more to fill it up. They shipped a full carload of bulls from Kansas to the new ranch.... Gov. Stubbs had two weeks of unalloyed good time. He was out on the ranch, up early and to bed late. He liked the rough life and says that it made him feel better than he had felt in years."
  • "Charles A. Kelsall has announced his candidacy for county superintendent on the Progressive ticket. Mr. Kelsall is a Douglas county school teacher and a young man of much promise. He has taught for four years.... Mr. Kelsall is especially fitted for the new spirit that has entered the school work. He is no faddist but he is an earnest young man who is deeply devoted to the public schools of the nation. Mr. Kelsall did not seek this place. The Progressives made a hunt for a candidate who would meet the requirements of the law and at the same time would be accepted as a man who would honor the place."
  • "The boys of the Trinity Lutheran church will start next week on their annual camping trip to Ocean Grove Lakes on Cedar Creek. The camp has been established there for two years an the young men always look forward to their summer trip with much interest. The boys will meet with the pastor, Rev. E. E. Stauffer, on Friday evening at 7:30 o'clock to make final arrangements for the trip.... The boys take a cook along and have their own cooking utensils and camp outfit. It is a great event for the young men."
  • "The army worms have gone, nobody knows exactly where. They seem to have just disappeared. Now the scientists declare they went into the ground. If so they will come out again. Watch for them. The price of a crop is eternal vigilance."

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