100 years ago: Springtime weather brings onlookers to river bridge project

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 13, 1916:

  • “The combination of the spring-like weather and the sinking of the second river pier caisson brought half the population of Lawrence to the site of the building of the new bridge yesterday afternoon. The crowd gathered shortly after noon, and it was with extreme difficulty that two policemen were able to keep the people moving over the bridge in accordance with the ordinance against loitering. With the sinking of the second caisson the men are again working under pressure. During the construction of the second river pier the pouring of concrete in the south abutment has ceased. The steam siphon has again been put in operation at the south abutment to rid it of the water which is continually seeping into the steel caisson.”
  • “The annual city primary and the water election will be held in Lawrence tomorrow. The polls will open at 7 o’clock in the morning and will close at 7 o’clock in the evening. Mayor Francisco has requested that all judges and clerks be in their places before 7 o’clock…. The mayor has also requested that the vote on the water plant purchase proposition be counted first…. It is hoped that all voters will turn out and vote their conviction on the water plant purchase in order that the sentiment of the town on the question can be fully registered.”
  • “About twenty people responded to the call to meet yesterday to organize a bird club in Lawrence. Those present decided to form a permanent organization…. No definite plans as to the work of the club were adopted, but several subjects were discussed, such as study of migration, economic studies, bird protection and encouragement, and general educational work in the city.”
  • “Kansas schools can now secure moving picture reels from the extension department of the University of Kansas…. For several years, the K. U. extension department has had organized circuits of Kansas towns on which different sets of stereopticon slides were distributed. This year fifty-eight towns are on such circuits, receiving each week new sets of pictures which assist in the teaching of history, science and geography. From now on the movies will serve as an adjunct to this service.”
  • “Lothy Adair and Roy Parker were bound over to the district court yesterday on a charge of burglary and larceny as the result of a preliminary hearing. Bond was placed at $600. The young men were arrested recently by the police with sacks on their shoulders filled with brass fittings which appeared to have come from the boiler room of the brick plant.”
  • “Mr. and Mrs. Chesbrough, who moved to Douglas county from Missouri a few months ago and purchased the Dolan farm three and a half miles northeast of Lawrence, are reported to be in actual want. Their funds have been expended in making the payment on their place and they are at present lacking real necessities. Acquaintances in Lawrence who have learned of their situation are endeavoring to do something for them and it is thought the neighbors of the couple will be glad to assist in tiding them over a few months. Mr. and Mrs. Chesbrough are getting along in years. They have been brought to their present situation by a misunderstanding regarding the terms on which their farm was purchased.”