100 years ago: Postmaster apologizes for rain-soaked mail

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 9, 1915:

  • “If you find your letters unsealed and your packages watersoaked, blame it on the weather. All mail that came into Lawrence from the east and had passed through the storm district around St. Louis, is in bad condition, owing to the terrible storms in this section Wednesday afternoon and night. ‘Many of the letters are unsealed, the addresses blurred from water, and the packages sodden from their wetting,’ said Postmaster Finch this morning, ‘and we will be sure to get a lot of kicks on the condition of this mail from Lawrence people in the next few days, but it can’t be helped.'”
  • “The City’s weed ordinance continues to bring more results than any other city law and the police keep busy answering complaints against negligent property owners who have failed to keep down the weed pest. The police have several calls each day and have to make inspection trips to different parts of town to see the condition of the weeds. ‘As soon as one man cuts the weeds on his place he gets that “duty-well-done feeling” and calls the officers to make his neighbors get it too,’ said a Lawrence man this morning, ‘and it’s a good thing for the town, too, for the heavy rains this year have made the weed pest worse than it has been in any summer for years.'”
  • “Houses for the use of swimmers at Potter Lake at the University may be erected within the next few months if the plans of Coach W. C. Hamilton, general manager of athletics at the University, are carried out. Besides bath houses Coach Hamilton will add sand beaches to the lake for the use of women and children and he will keep the water in the lake fresh by the use of water from the city wells.”
  • “Mayor W. J. Francisco and Commissioners Holyfield and Cleland went to Independence yesterday to inspect the street sweeper at that place and are contemplating buying one for the city. The officials were much pleased at the treatment they received at the hands of the Independence people and especially at the kindness shown them by Mayor Ott, who took them over the city and in the surrounding country in his automobile. ‘The oiled roads near Independence are excellent,’ said Mayor Francisco this morning, ‘and I hope that Commissioner Cleland was favorably impressed for I would like to see some of the same roads here in Lawrence and the country around the city.'”
  • “E. O. Perkins has motored to Topeka several times lately and he claims to known something about the roads which lead from Lawrence to the capital city. ‘The White and Red Lines are in good condition,’ said Mr. Perkins today, ‘but the Golden Belt Road is awful and I would advise motorists to stay away from it.'”