Monday, September 01, 2014

Today in History, April 1913

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 4/10/2013

• The Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Fourth and Cedar streets — completed five years ago at a cost of about $12,000 — burned at about 12:30 o’clock this morning on the fifth anniversary of its dedication. The church lies a wreck. The beautiful memorial windows are broken and ruined. The costly statuary and vestments are either consumed by the flames or ruined by heat, smoke and water. The fire was discovered shortly after midnight. The Rev. Father O.E. Degan had been in the church earlier in the night to make preliminary arrangements for a wedding, which was to have been held in the church at 6 o’clock this morning. • LAWRENCE — A monster lizard 30 feet long that crawled over Kansas farms some 18,000,000 years ago has been brought into the University of Kansas museum. Embedded in stone of the cretaceous age, the giant, known to science as the plesiosaur plesiorauraus, is believed by Curator H.T. Martin to be an entirely new member of the species.

• The suspension bridge over Tauy Creek east of Ottawa on the Logan Street road, is said to be in a dangerous condition. It has been there for many years, and complaints have been made about it several times in the last few months.

• The Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Fourth and Cedar streets — completed five years ago at a cost of about $12,000 — burned at about 12:30 o’clock this morning on the fifth anniversary of its dedication. The church lies a wreck. The beautiful memorial windows are broken and ruined. The costly statuary and vestments are either consumed by the flames or ruined by heat, smoke and water. The fire was discovered shortly after midnight. The Rev. Father O.E. Degan had been in the church earlier in the night to make preliminary arrangements for a wedding, which was to have been held in the church at 6 o’clock this morning. • LAWRENCE — A monster lizard 30 feet long that crawled over Kansas farms some 18,000,000 years ago has been brought into the University of Kansas museum. Embedded in stone of the cretaceous age, the giant, known to science as the plesiosaur plesiorauraus, is believed by Curator H.T. Martin to be an entirely new member of the species.

• The suspension bridge over Tauy Creek east of Ottawa on the Logan Street road, is said to be in a dangerous condition. It has been there for many years, and complaints have been made about it several times in the last few months.

• A number of the men of Ottawa who own motors met last night in the office of the Jewell Cycle Company, and organized a club to be known as the “O.M.C.” Ottawa Motor Club. There were about 15 charter members, and it is hoped to increase this to 25 by the next meeting. The purpose of the club is primarily social, but an effort will be made to keep the members from excessive speeding and prohibit carelessness in driving and talking while on the streets.

• The county attorney has determined that the county owns the courthouse block, the land between Third and Fourth and Main and Hickory streets. Some contended that the City of Ottawa owned the land. The questions came up when the Civic Improvement Association wanted to place seats on the courthouse lawn. The county commissioners demurred. “Go to the city council with your request” said those who thought the city owned the land. The council was approached. The attorneys went to work to look up the records. The result was that the county was declared the owner. The county commissioners are safe now in their actions and they again refused a request today to let the seats be placed on the courthouse lawn. The commissioners do not want the seats on the lawn because they contend that the seats would afford places for tramps and loungers to loaf.

• Each year, it has been a custom of the college to celebrate Charter Day on April 21. It has long been a custom to have a holiday on this occasion and to invite some speaker here to deliver an address to the students. It is probable that the suggestion of Dr. M.L. Ward will be accepted this year and the college students will hold an all-day picnic at the old Indian burying ground northeast of town instead of holding the customary exercises.

• The Kansas attorney general has declared void the Mahin law, which was passed by the last Legislature and requires that every common carrier in Kansas file with the county clerk a record of all shipments of liquor delivered by it into that county. Attorney General Dawson declared that such records are not open to anyone but only to the inspection of state and federal officers charged with the enforcement of the law.

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