100 years ago: Social Service League meets to discuss need for new hospital

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 13, 1915:

  • “The regular meeting of the Social Service League yesterday afternoon took preliminary steps toward realizing on the speculation of months past relating to a combined city and county hospital, by discussing ways and means, possible sites, and then appointing a committee to consider the subject in every possible light, to report at the next and subsequent meetings…. It was agreed by everybody present that something must be done – that every opportunity to raise money for a hospital building must be improved from this time on. Subscriptions in any amount will be welcomed, and every scheme for raising the money will be considered…. Among other possible locations for a hospital that of the now vacant building generally known as ‘the Barker place,’ near the northern end of Maine street was discussed.”
  • “Heavy wind and rain storms on two successive days, each time early in the morning, has left Douglas county soaking wet, small streams bank full, and suffering a great amount of damage to crops and trees. Unharvested wheat is almost beyond hope, many growers say, for there is little hope of getting into the fields for several days and the grain is already overripe. Shade and fruit trees in Lawrence and vicinity were badly broken up and limbs are lying about in several places. The trees in South Park suffered especially. Many large limbs were broken off by the wind…. In Lawrence the storm sewers were not nearly adequate to carry off the water and in front of Wilson’s drug store near the Court House a small lake covered Massachusetts street and was over the tops of the gutter in some places…. An old barn at Bismarck Grover, which was used as a dining hall in the old days of the big fairs at Bismarck, was blown down by the strong wind and wrecked yesterday morning…. Rainfall this morning amounted to 2.65 inches in a few hours, and was accompanied by little wind. Yesterday morning the fall was only .79 inches, but the wind blew with great violence for a time. Telephone connections with Kansas City were off for a time today.”
  • “Business in automobile licenses continues good at the office of the County Treasurer at the Court House, and over one-half of the cars in the county are now equipped with the bright yellow tags which show that they have paid their 1915 license. Up to the time of closing the office last night the total number of auto licenses issued was 437 but the motorcyclists had been slower in coming in and the total number registered with tags is only twenty-six. ‘I don’t know what is the matter with the motorcyclists,’ said County Treasurer C. M. Pearcy, this morning, ‘they don’t seem to be coming nearly as fast as the auto owners…. There are about 100 pop pops in the county, according to the assessor’s figures, so seventy-four of them had better be digging down in their pockets to find $2.50 for a license.’ There are over 700 automobiles in the county and a surprisingly small number of motorcycles.”
  • “Agriculture will be one of the courses offered in the second term of the present summer session at the University. It will be under the direction of Prof. H. B. Hungerford of the department of entomology. Field trips and visits to farms and fruit orchards in the vicinity will be a part of the work of the course.”