100 years ago: Heavy rains swell local creeks, take out bridge

From the Lawrence Journal-World for May 20, 1915:

  • “Continued rains in Kansas and other Middle West states have caused a slight rise in all of the larger streams while the smaller streams are out of their banks and are doing a great deal of damage. Douglas County has not suffered severely with the rains so far although the smaller streams are out of their banks. The Wakarusa Creek just south of town is bank-full, but has not overflown. The Kansas river is rising slowly…. The official weather forecaster says that the people do not need to fear that the Kansas river will be more than six or eight feet high at this time…. But one report of bridges being out in Douglas county has been made and that is from a small creek emptying into the Wakarusa. The bridge is a very small one and as Commissioner Hoover put it this morning: ‘They needed a new one there anyhow.'”
  • “The old soldiers will visit the public schools of Lawrence, Thursday the 27th, in squads. A squad will be assigned to each building, and all the schools will be visited – the High school 8 o’clock in the morning, the grade schools at 9 o’clock. The pupils will sing patriotic songs, and the old soldiers will respond with short talks, reminiscent, or instructive, as the individual may elect.”
  • “A petition asking for the release of R. I. Brown from the county jail was received by the county commissioners this morning from the commissioners of Saline county. They have presented an affidavit from a farmer who says that Brown has worked for him and is one of the best farm hands he has ever had. He is willing to give him immediate employment if he will be released. Brown was found guilty in the February term of district court of violating the prohibitory law. He was fined and committed to the county jail on the failure to pay the fine. The total amount of the fine and costs against him is $144.80. He has been in jail about 90 days. Sheriff Cummings said today that he would be glad to release the man if his friend in Saline county was willing to pay his fine. Decision in the matter has not been reached.”
  • “An apparent small cloudburst was the cause of the death of a horse belonging to Fred Essen on his farm north of town yesterday. The water came rushing down out of a gulley that had previously been dry and the current was so swift that the horse could not withstand it and was taken under and drowned. Mr. Essen said that the water did a great deal of damage on his farm.”
  • “Three hundred and forty-four young men and women, representing ten states, will receive degrees from the University of Kansas on Wednesday, June 9, at the forty-sixth annual commencement. Besides the two hundred and ninety-three Kansans, the senior class includes twenty-seven Missourians, all but six of them from Kansas City, thirteen Oklahomans, and three from Colorado. Nebraska sends two of her cornhuskers, and the same number come from far away Pennsylvania. Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Iowa each have one representative. Previous to commencement day proper, the one hundred eighty-eight candidates for the A. B. degree, the fifty-four engineers, twenty-eight lawyers, nine doctors, five nurses, nineteen pharmacists, nineteen fine arts students, and twenty-one aspirants to a master’s degree, will spend two days in a dizzy whirl of festivities.”
  • “K. U. students are responding generously to the projected $50,000 loan fund being started at the University. The money is to be used by deserving men and women who could not have a higher education without some such aid. Registrar George O. Foster has sent out 200 petitions to be circulated in class rooms this week, and the few already turned in have 155 signers pledging various amounts from fifteen cents to five dollars each. The committee intends to reach every student and faculty member before extending the campaign to the alumni and the people of the state, believing that the success of the movement in the University will be a good indication of the need for a loan fund and of the students’ appreciation of that need.”