100 years ago: Coin toss suggested for city commission term limits

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 29, 1915:

  • “The most interesting features of the meeting of the board of city commissioners came after adjournment today when Commissioner of Finance Holyfield suggested to Commissioner of Utilities Cleland that they decide which of them should fill the three year term office and which the two. When the men were elected to office a year ago last April the state law made no provision as to which of them should serve two years and which three. The mayor’s term was to be one year, but no provision was made as to the two other commissioners…. This morning Commissioner Holyfield suggested that they toss coins to see who should take the three year term, but Mr. Cleland refused, saying that they would first refer the matter to the state attorney and get his opinion on the matter and abide by it.”
  • “Sunday didn’t make a bit of difference to the farmers in Douglas and adjoining counties as far as getting their wheat crop harvested was concerned. All day Sunday the headers and binders buzzed away on every farm where the fields were dry enough to allow the operation of the heavy machinery. Along the Kaw Valley and Wakarusa the fields were scenes of activity. The fact that harvest has been delayed several days by recent rains has caused the farmers to be doubly anxious to get the wheat cut and they are still worrying for fear further rains may cause additional delay.”
  • “A. R. Young, representing the Ohio Mausoleum Company, which will begin work on a 126-crypt building to stand just north of Oak Hill cemetery, appeared before the commission and asked that the city take charge of the $2,000 endowment fund for the building, the interest on which will be used for repairs and property upkeep. The building will cost from $12,000 to $14,000 and will be about 32 by 42 feet…. ‘Our only reason for wanting the city to do this,’ said Mr. Young, ‘is because the city is a permanent organization and is reliable.'”
  • “The chinch bug that two months ago threatened to take the crops of the Kansas farmer are disappearing due to the wet weather which has killed them by the million during the last few weeks and to a disease which the continued wet weather has caused among them, according to Prof. S. J. Hunter, of the department of entomology of the University. Prof. Hunter says that the chinch bugs that have been the menace to wheat and corn for many years and that would probably have taken the 1915 crop have been eliminated this year on account of the many days of rain this spring.”
  • “Sunburned and watersoaked but not discouraged, the members of the University of Kansas School of Engineering’s summer camp, who have been laboring with transit and level on the Robinson estate north of town for several weeks past, broke up yesterday and left for their homes. The men all say they have enjoyed the work in spite of the unpleasant weather and that they consider the time well spent.”