Saturday, October 25, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: May 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 5/19/2014

• Tomorrow will be graduation day for the eight grades of the Washington, Lincoln and Eugene Field schools. There is no eighth grade at the Hawthorne school.

• The city officials are wondering just how many of the reports made by dog owners about the sex of their animals are correct. A license of $2 is charged for male dogs and $5 for female dogs. So far, the license has been paid on 135 dogs and only three of them are reported as liable for a $5 license. It is believed that some are misrepresenting the sex of the dogs and the city officials will order all dogs not properly reported to be killed.

• Tomorrow will be graduation day for the eight grades of the Washington, Lincoln and Eugene Field schools. There is no eighth grade at the Hawthorne school.

• The city officials are wondering just how many of the reports made by dog owners about the sex of their animals are correct. A license of $2 is charged for male dogs and $5 for female dogs. So far, the license has been paid on 135 dogs and only three of them are reported as liable for a $5 license. It is believed that some are misrepresenting the sex of the dogs and the city officials will order all dogs not properly reported to be killed.

• Rattlesnake Hill, that troublesome lump of dirt on the line of the county road out West Seventh Street from Ottawa to the Osage County line, is going to undergo some treatment this year and when the work is completed the travelers will have no cause to malign the road or the hill. “We are not going to cut down the hill so much as we are going to grade it,” Chairman W.B. Lomas said today. “There will be gradual grades on each side so that the incline will not be so precipitous. The west grade will extend across the Osage-Franklin county line.” The new road over Rattlesnake Hill will follow straight over it, almost on that right of the main road leading to it now with a gradual turn to the big walnut tree now at the west foot. It will go through a small wheat field and through ground where timber has recently been cleared away.

• Main Street has now come to the front as one of Ottawa’s speedways. Last night, three men in a buggy and a man on horseback started just after they crossed Main Street Bridge and drove south as fast as they could make the horses run, endangering many persons who were crossing the street. They turned on South Main and raced back as far as the Crystal Theater and stopped. The night officer caught them there after complaints had been mande and reprimanded them. No arrest was made.

• Elsie Baker, the Franklin County girl who drowned her illegitimate child last November in the Marmaton River at Fort Scott and was arrested here Dec. 5, is before this term of court there. Elsie Baker, the elite girl who gave birth to a child and was then turned from her home because of the disgrace, must answer to the state and tell why she threw the infant in the river. She will enter a plea of guilty to the charge of murder and ask the leniency of the court. Seldom in the history of the local court matters has a person charged with so serious a crime as murder received the entire sympathy of the community as little Elsie Baker. Forlorn, alone, despondent, and desperate she walked to the river and weighting her baby down with a stone, she threw him to a watery grave. The body was recovered and at the same time, the little mother was arrested, charged with the serious offense.

• A plea to beautify the streets by the removal of telephone poles and by keeping the trees in good condition has been made by an Ottawa man who has been active this year in the fight against the elm worms. He said today: “I hope when the telephone situation is finally ironed out in Ottawa that the city will either require underground wires for at least the business district or will require the poles to be arranged in some order so that they will not be scattered promiscuously over the terraces and streets.”

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