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Today in Ottawa History, Feb. 15, 1912

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 2/14/2012

• The sidewalks along Main street were given treatment yesterday in a few minutes after the snow storm had ceased. It was the first time for many months that the business men cleaned their sidewalks when they were covered by snow in so short a time.

• A.W. Roberts, formerly of Williamsburg, is back in the county visiting. He went to Alaska in the fall of 1897 to stake out a claim and mine gold. A few months later, in the spring of 1898, the famous Klondike rush occurred and Mr. Roberts was with the other men who made the rush for the gold fields. He found gold as hundreds of others did. He made money and, as he said to a reporter for The Herald this morning, he spent it easily.

• The sidewalks along Main street were given treatment yesterday in a few minutes after the snow storm had ceased. It was the first time for many months that the business men cleaned their sidewalks when they were covered by snow in so short a time.

• A.W. Roberts, formerly of Williamsburg, is back in the county visiting. He went to Alaska in the fall of 1897 to stake out a claim and mine gold. A few months later, in the spring of 1898, the famous Klondike rush occurred and Mr. Roberts was with the other men who made the rush for the gold fields. He found gold as hundreds of others did. He made money and, as he said to a reporter for The Herald this morning, he spent it easily.

• The sensational case against Henry G. Young, an ex-clothing  man of this city, came to an end at noon today when the jury came in and announced that it had been unable to agree on a verdict. It has been dismissed on request of Attorney Page. Young was arrested in November on a charge of indecent exposure before Mrs. Roy Britt. He has been out on bond. The incident is alleged to have happened upstairs over the building at 224 Main Street.

• The county commissioners in session with the county attorney have declared the petitions for the west drainage district legal with a majority of 19 signers above the necessary two fifths.

• The property owners of Appanoose and Centropolis Townships who want a railroad through that territory took the first legal steps this afternoon to secure the proposed Winnipeg, Salina & gulf railroad. Two petitions, one carried by Dan Hosler, of Appanoose, and the other by Dr. C.O. Hoover, of Centropolis, were presented to the county commissioners.

• There was a large crowd at Wellsville today to attend the good roads meeting. Representatives from Ottawa, Le Loup, Edgerton, Gardner and Olathe were attending.

• RICHTER — The people of this community were greatly shocked to hear of the terrible accident which happened to Chas Houser Friday. While shredding kafir corn, his left arm was caught in such a manner that it was found necessary to amputate it.

• There will be another big wolf hunt Saturday. It will be northeast of Ottawa and it is hoped that 400 farmers will turn out with guns and dogs to hunt the wolves.

• A new water fountain will be placed at the corner of Fourth and Main streets soon to replace the one that has been there for several years. The present fountain has been a burden of about $10 a year to keep it up. The city councilmen thought it would be cheaper to buy a new one. The one that will be placed there is ordered and will be like the one on North Main street. They are for drivers and farmers to water their horses.

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