Tuesday, September 02, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: May 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 5/16/2014

• George Fowler. former Ottawa restaurant man and “king” of Kansas City’s “Ham-And” joints, who unexpectedly left his wife and two children in Kansas City three months ago, has re-appeared as mysteriously as he departed after rambling clear to Sidney, Australia. Fowler returned to Kansas City last Wednesday, according to information received today. His whereabouts were learned only a couple of weeks ago when the wife he deserted so unceremoniously, received a cablegram from Fowler in Australia, asking her to forgive his error and to allow him to return to their home. A response in the negative from the wife, was sent, it is said, but this failed to end the husband’s desire to return home and effect a reconciliation. Fowler now is in Kansas City. Mrs. Fowler came to Ottawa Saturday evening to consult her parents regarding a reconciliation with her husband. She returned to Kansas City this afternoon expecting to rejoin her husband. That Fowler was hypnotized or in some other manner unduly influenced by the woman with whom he “eloped” is the belief of Mrs. Fowler, according to her mother.

• Ottawa will have a trade extension week or “Booster Week” or “June Jubilee Week” — or whatever you may care to call it until it is permanently named. But the facts are that the Merchants Association decided last night that the town will make the second week in June a Come-to-Ottawa week with plenty going on that doesn’t cost the people anything who come to Ottawa.

• George Fowler. former Ottawa restaurant man and “king” of Kansas City’s “Ham-And” joints, who unexpectedly left his wife and two children in Kansas City three months ago, has re-appeared as mysteriously as he departed after rambling clear to Sidney, Australia. Fowler returned to Kansas City last Wednesday, according to information received today. His whereabouts were learned only a couple of weeks ago when the wife he deserted so unceremoniously, received a cablegram from Fowler in Australia, asking her to forgive his error and to allow him to return to their home. A response in the negative from the wife, was sent, it is said, but this failed to end the husband’s desire to return home and effect a reconciliation. Fowler now is in Kansas City. Mrs. Fowler came to Ottawa Saturday evening to consult her parents regarding a reconciliation with her husband. She returned to Kansas City this afternoon expecting to rejoin her husband. That Fowler was hypnotized or in some other manner unduly influenced by the woman with whom he “eloped” is the belief of Mrs. Fowler, according to her mother.

• Ottawa will have a trade extension week or “Booster Week” or “June Jubilee Week” — or whatever you may care to call it until it is permanently named. But the facts are that the Merchants Association decided last night that the town will make the second week in June a Come-to-Ottawa week with plenty going on that doesn’t cost the people anything who come to Ottawa.

• Along with the recent incorporation of Rantoul as a city of the third class, has came a desire to become metropolitan. One of the first steps is to be the construction of several miles of concrete sidewalks in the thriving oil town. The property owners, it is said, plan to take away from Williamsburg the honor of being the champion cement sidewalk third-class city of Franklin County.

• Crystal Theatre — The Big Wild Animal Comedy Feature is today. Wild Beasts at Large or “When the Circus Menagerie Broke Loose,” the sensation of the year.

• Ottawa motorists will be haunted several days by a vision of an automobile that was here today. It is a 120-horsepower Isotta Fraschiui, manufactured at Milano, Italy. There are four cylinders with a bore of five and one-half inches and an 8-inch stroke.

• Aroused because his wife had left him and was believed to have joined another man, Lino Estrado, a Mexican, slipped quietly into the Mexican camp at Le Loup yesterday morning and is alleged to have stabbed his wife, Solidad Perez, several times in the body and on her arms about 1:30 yesterday afternoon. Following the attack, Estrado fled from the camp with several Mexicans pursuing him and firing shots over his head. He rushed up the Santa Fe tracks east of the Le Loup depot for one fourth of a mile, then fled across the fields to the farmhouse of H.F. Matile and pleaded to be saved from the mob.

• Adhering to the request of two of the clubs of farmers in the vicinity of Ottawa in resolutions passed regarding merchants signs on the roadsides, the Merchants Association decided last night that all its members discontinue the placing of signs on fences and trees near Ottawa which conflicted with the wishes of the farmers. They are interested in beautifying the roads and agreed that many of the signs are unsightly.

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