Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today in History: May 1913

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 5/22/2013

• A rain ranging from 3 1/2 inches down to 1 1/2 visited Franklin County yesterday afternoon and early last night. The rain yesterday was the heaviest since July 7, 1909. That rain amounted to 5.77 inches and fell in one night.

• HIAWATHA — Fears that an attempt will be made to lynch Walter Ballew, who is charged with attacking Mrs. Anna Kellar, of Falls City, Neb., have subsided. The man is held in jail awaiting the arrival of the Richardson County, Neb., officers with the requisition papers. A mob from Falls City came to Kansas yesterday afternoon and arrived quietly in Hiawatha. In a few minutes, they were at work trying to enter the Hiawatha jail and secure the prisoner. They were turned back and all their efforts to break into the structure were futile. During the night, the guard was kept on duty, but no further attempt was made to break the jail.

• A rain ranging from 3 1/2 inches down to 1 1/2 visited Franklin County yesterday afternoon and early last night. The rain yesterday was the heaviest since July 7, 1909. That rain amounted to 5.77 inches and fell in one night.

• HIAWATHA — Fears that an attempt will be made to lynch Walter Ballew, who is charged with attacking Mrs. Anna Kellar, of Falls City, Neb., have subsided. The man is held in jail awaiting the arrival of the Richardson County, Neb., officers with the requisition papers. A mob from Falls City came to Kansas yesterday afternoon and arrived quietly in Hiawatha. In a few minutes, they were at work trying to enter the Hiawatha jail and secure the prisoner. They were turned back and all their efforts to break into the structure were futile. During the night, the guard was kept on duty, but no further attempt was made to break the jail.

• A representative from the firm of Tom Lovell & Son, of Enid, Okla., is expected here in a few days to make the preliminary preparations for the construction of the new Ottawa post office. A large amount of mail from prospective subcontractors has been waiting here for the Lovells.

• The annual commencement exercises of the senior class of Ottawa High School will be tonight beginning at 8:15 o’clock in the Rohrbaugh Theater. There are 30 who will receive diplomas this year. Five of them are boys and 25 are girls.

• A final census of the senior class of the college taken today reveals the fact that the class this year has broken the record for the largest number of teachers to be turned out in one year. There are 26 persons among the graduates who plan to teach next winter, and of this number, several have accepted positions and others are considering offers.

• The great Brundage Carnival company’s shows, which come to Ottawa next week at Forest Park under the auspices of Gormly’s band, comprise what is claimed to be the cleanest and largest street fair ever appearing in Ottawa.

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