Monday, September 22, 2014

Today in History, January 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 1/8/2014

• Mrs. and Mrs. A.P. Elder returned from their two-week honeymoon to Florida. While there, they spent a few days in Havana, Cuba.

• After deliberating for three hours and 10 minutes, a jury found Elisha Ball, Franklin County stockman, guilty of maintaining a house for purposes of concubinage.

• Mrs. and Mrs. A.P. Elder returned from their two-week honeymoon to Florida. While there, they spent a few days in Havana, Cuba.

• After deliberating for three hours and 10 minutes, a jury found Elisha Ball, Franklin County stockman, guilty of maintaining a house for purposes of concubinage.

• The band was given exclusive use of Forest Park for July 4, 1914, this morning by city commissioners. The band expects to have a big celebration program, and plans will be made soon to secure some of the attractions. The reorganized band plans to extend its membership and give Ottawa a bigger and better band than before. Concerts will be given frequently, and when spring comes concerts will be given in the band shell in Forest Park again. The band committee asked the city commissioners this morning to furnish free electricity of the band shell, but this was taken under advisement. A beginners band is being organized now, and 16 members have enrolled. It is hoped to secure 40 in this. There are now 47 members enrolled in the regular band, which has been reorganized.

• An Ottawa University committee met and agreed to proceed with the erection of a gymnasium at the cost of $30,000.

• If the Pueblo Stone Company expects to furnish stone for Ottawa’s new post office building in 15 days, the government architect will give the contractors permission to secure stone from some other quarry. The government reports that half of the stone for the building has already been quarried and is ready for milling, but the milling workmen have been on a strike. The remainder of the steel for the new government structure has been received, and no further progress can be made with the building until the necessary stone arrives.

• The results of the past year in the Mid-continent field are intensely interesting, showing as they do unprecedented activity in all divisions of the field. During the year 1913, in the Kansas-Oklahoma fields, which will go down in history as one of the most active, there was a total of 11,305 wells completed, of which 1,800 were dry holes and 987 gas wells, while the new production amounted to 351,540 barrels. Never before in the history of Kansas was there as much interest manifested as during the year 1913. Pools that were abandoned some years ago during the low price of oil, were gone over with a fine-tooth comb and in many instances the results were very gratifying. The most important one was the Paola pool in Miami County. It was a shallow sand development and showed good wells for that formation. In Franklin County, there were 58 wells completed, 738 barrels of oil and two dry wells. There were two gas wells.

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