Friday, November 21, 2014

Today in History, March 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 3/19/2014

• The county commissioners were in session today. They had planned to make a trip to Centropolis to go over the proposed county road leading south to Pomona, along the Osage-Franklin County line. This road will probably be designated soon and the commissioners expected to pick out the route this morning. There are several stretches of road still under consideration as proposed county highways. The routes designated a few months ago are those leading from the northeast corner of the county to the southwest through Wellsville to Ottawa and on through Homewood and Williamsburg.

• About 250 persons enjoyed the St. Patrick masquerade dance given last night by the Knights and Ladies of the Security in the band hall. Many beautiful costumes and decorations were all suggestive of the birthday of St. Patrick.

• The county commissioners were in session today. They had planned to make a trip to Centropolis to go over the proposed county road leading south to Pomona, along the Osage-Franklin County line. This road will probably be designated soon and the commissioners expected to pick out the route this morning. There are several stretches of road still under consideration as proposed county highways. The routes designated a few months ago are those leading from the northeast corner of the county to the southwest through Wellsville to Ottawa and on through Homewood and Williamsburg.

• About 250 persons enjoyed the St. Patrick masquerade dance given last night by the Knights and Ladies of the Security in the band hall. Many beautiful costumes and decorations were all suggestive of the birthday of St. Patrick.

• George Stewart will install apparatus for cleaning and making carpets and rugs soon in a portion of the building occupied by the Ottawa broom factory on North Main street.

• Mrs. E.T. Bird’s Millinery Store celebrates 20 years of business. It has been located at 125 Main St. that whole time.

• Indications are now that Franklin County will yield probably 2 million bushels of oats this year, if the season is as good a one as it was last year. Farmers throughout the county are anticipating a good season for that grain, and they are sowing from two to three times as much ground in oats as they did last year. The oat acreage a year ago was about 18,000 and local dealers say that about 10,000 acres tributary to Ottawa alone will be sowed. Probably 50,000 acres in the entire county will represent the crop for the year. Corn has failed for several seasons in this county, first by floods and in more recent years by extremely dry weather. Wheat has been damaged by chinch bugs and the corn has also suffered from these pests. Oats have been successful.

• Two more men, one a sheriff and the other an ex-sheriff, are in favor of securing bloodhounds for permanent use in Ottawa provided that good trained dogs may be found and that proper care may be taken of them. These men are Sheriff Nick Johnson and ex-Sheriff S.P. Costigan. Both men are willing to contribute to the fund started by Jed Caldwell for the purchase of the dogs so long as there is assurance that the dogs are trained for man hunting.

• Improvements have been made to the Bennett Ice plan on North Main Street since last season. The plant will be capable of making 33 tons of ice every 24 hours. Water will be used still from the two big wells of the company. A 30-foot tower is soon to be erected. Water at a temperature of 150 degrees when starting through the tower will be cooled to 3 degrees colder than the atmosphere when it finishes its trip. It will be lifted to the top of the tower and then dropped again. There will be 15 floors in that 30-foot tower and they will be 20 inches apart. Each will be six inches thick and there will be 2-inch cracks in them for the water to seep through. It will drop from floor to floor from the top to the bottom. This cooling tower will be a new feature in the ice making industry in Ottawa. The hot water heretofore has been allowed to run away and was wasted.

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