Monday, September 22, 2014

Today in History, March 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 3/26/2014

• That improvements in the telephone situation in Ottawa will be made soon was the statement by representatives of the Kansas City Long Distance Telephone Company to the city commission yesterday afternoon.

• The slight wind today stirred many yards of bunting and flags, which decorated nearly all of the business houses and some of the show windows along Main Street. This gala attire is in honor of the coming state conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which is to be in session here tomorrow and Friday. The Retail Merchants Association urgently asks that every Ottawan who owns a motor car, which will be available Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock to be at the terrace of the First Baptist Church promptly at that hour. The plan is to give the visiting and local members of the D.A.R. a ride over Ottawa in motor cars.

• That improvements in the telephone situation in Ottawa will be made soon was the statement by representatives of the Kansas City Long Distance Telephone Company to the city commission yesterday afternoon.

• The slight wind today stirred many yards of bunting and flags, which decorated nearly all of the business houses and some of the show windows along Main Street. This gala attire is in honor of the coming state conference of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which is to be in session here tomorrow and Friday. The Retail Merchants Association urgently asks that every Ottawan who owns a motor car, which will be available Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock to be at the terrace of the First Baptist Church promptly at that hour. The plan is to give the visiting and local members of the D.A.R. a ride over Ottawa in motor cars.

• Bad weather puts off the big program indefinitely for Ottawa. Good Roads Day, which was to have been sometime this month, has been postponed on account of bad weather to sometime in April. Gov. George Hodges will address the meeting.

• “The one great trouble is that too many of us are trying to run our businesses on a parsimonious, picayuneous, peanut bas,” John R. Moorehead, Lexington, Mo., secretary of the National Federation of Retailers, said last night at the big banquet given by the Franklin County Retailers Association in the band hall. Moorehead made a strong plea in his address to the retailers and farmers for the preservation of the rural communities and small towns which, he showed by statistics, are losing to the great cities of the country.

• It is estimated by some of the oil and gas men that the gasser struck yesterday on the R.A. Thompson farm mouth of Tauy Creek by the Peoria Oil & Gas Company will have an output running into the millions daily. The well is now capped and will be tested in a few days.

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