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100 years ago: Water in new wells safe from contamination, company official says

May 10, 2014

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

  • "The wells being sunk by the water company are down 13 feet and it will take two feet more to strike the water. The wells will then be cemented and finished by means of pumping out the water. It is an interesting process to dig these big wells. The dirt is taken off until the sand is reached and after that it becomes a pumping proposition. Mr. Street stated this morning that there was a general misunderstanding about the condition of the water in that locality. He declared that experts were agreed that there was no purer water than was to be found in this sand. All the sewage is on top and the water does not go through that at all. The surface water either sinks in or runs off. It never goes down as far as the sand. So that all the water we get is pure from contamination from any deposits on the top of the ground.... It will take some time to finish these two wells but when they are finished it will mean a largely increased supply of water."
  • "A warning has been sent out by the commissioner of finance that the poll tax be paid only to those showing due authority. C. C. Pickard, B. A. Ewing and John Watkins are the men appointed to do the work. Pay your tax to no one else. The report came in yesterday that someone representing to be the tax collector and armed with receipt book was trying to collect money among the employes of the paper mill."
  • "Edward and Mary Mitchell who were brought here yesterday from Kansas City charged with stealing harness from Lewis McCann were arraigned yesterday and their preliminary trial set for May 11. The hearing will be before Judge Clark. Their bail was set at $500 each which they failed to secure."
  • "The local society of musicians who have been meeting together the past few months have been granted a charter to the National Musical fraternity Phi Mu Alpha. This is one of the oldest of the musical fraternities and has chapters in all of the leading conservatories of the United States. It has about 17 chapters and over a thousand members."
  • "Professor F. W. Blackmar of the sociological department of the University has been invited to deliver an address before the National Conference on Universities and Public Service, to be held in New York City on May 12th.... The subject upon which Professor Blackmar has been asked to speak is 'The City Manager: A New Career in the Public Service.'"

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