100 years ago: Political pot ‘boiling’ as primaries approach

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 16, 1916:

“With the August primary only two weeks away, the political pot in Douglas county is boiling. But the county ticket is unlike the state ticket; and there is much excitement to cause the pot to boil very hard. Several good contests are to be staged for the county offices, and in some the best speculators of the county cannot pick a winner…. In former years, the Kansas primary has been the red hot political scrap of the year. So far this year the local campaign has been devoid of personalities and the voters have been attending to their fields, chickens and home duties, but probably the foment will get to working by August first. Friday will be the last day for registration for the primaries…. The man or woman who is not registered and who fails to do so by Friday night will have no part in the selection of candidates.”

“The six weeks’ summer term is receiving its finishing touches at the University this week, and on Thursday the final term will open. Students are working early and late in the library just now getting ready for the examinations that will be given on Wednesday. The tests are held on only one day in each summer term, instead of on several as in the winter…. The weather this year has been much more severe on the students than it was last summer, but the increased attendance and the good work done have made the session quite satisfactory.”

“The movement to secure a chapter of the Red Cross for Lawrence received a further impetus at a meeting held in the rest room at the City Hall last night. The interest displayed at that meeting was so great that it is believed there will be no difficulty in securing and maintaining a chapter for Lawrence. The application for a charter will be sent to Washington in a few days. The movement had its origin in the desire of a number of young women to take the short course in first aid preparation. To do this it would be necessary for them to join a chapter of the Red Cross. At first they considered affiliating with the Kansas City chapter, but the interest in the course appeared so great that it was believed a chapter could be maintained creditably in Lawrence.”

“The Lawrence firm of Howard and Burnett is the largest shipper of potatoes from the Kaw Valley district. With about thirty buyers in the field, Howard & Burnett ship about one-third of the daily output of the valley, as reported by the government station at Kansas City. Mr. Howard said this morning that the crop in the valley is a little short this year, while of excellent quality, and it is his belief that the greater part of the crop will be disposed of by August 1. Shortly after that time his firm will devote its attention to the crops in Colorado, Utah and Idaho.”