Monday, September 01, 2014

Today in History, July 1913

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 7/31/2013

• There are a few cases of typhoid fever in Ottawa, and a new one was reported today. An Ottawa physician said today that he believes that a number of the typhoid fever cases are caused from the unsanitary conditions, which exist in different parts of the city, and that he believes the sewer that empties into the river at Hickory Street has something to do with sickness in the city.

• About 500 old persons, young persons and those of all of the other representative ages are having the time of their lives this afternoon in Hawkins grove on the East Wilson Street road. It is the annual A.H.T.A. (Anti-Horse Thief Association) picnic. There are about 100 members of the organization. They and their families and many friends declare a holiday once each year and celebrate. The organization which is now the A.H.T.A. began over 40 years ago with the old Vigilance Committee when settlers united to protect their homes from the early day ruffians. Later there was the Central Protective Association, and now it is the Anti-Horse Thief Association. But the gentle art of horse stealing is not followed by many gentlemen now and the members of the association can devote their time to talking of other days and in entertaining their families and friends at such occasions as the one today.

• There are a few cases of typhoid fever in Ottawa, and a new one was reported today. An Ottawa physician said today that he believes that a number of the typhoid fever cases are caused from the unsanitary conditions, which exist in different parts of the city, and that he believes the sewer that empties into the river at Hickory Street has something to do with sickness in the city.

• About 500 old persons, young persons and those of all of the other representative ages are having the time of their lives this afternoon in Hawkins grove on the East Wilson Street road. It is the annual A.H.T.A. (Anti-Horse Thief Association) picnic. There are about 100 members of the organization. They and their families and many friends declare a holiday once each year and celebrate. The organization which is now the A.H.T.A. began over 40 years ago with the old Vigilance Committee when settlers united to protect their homes from the early day ruffians. Later there was the Central Protective Association, and now it is the Anti-Horse Thief Association. But the gentle art of horse stealing is not followed by many gentlemen now and the members of the association can devote their time to talking of other days and in entertaining their families and friends at such occasions as the one today.

• No further developments have taken place as of yet in the proposed swimming pool to be placed at the back of Tauy Court on North Main Street. However, there has been some little talk along the street of another proposition, which may be well worth considering in connection with the Tauy Court idea. The new proposal is to locate the natatorium in the northwest corner of Forest Park and make use of water from the mineral water spring in the old gas well at that corner of the park. There are some big ravines in that corner of the park, just the other side of the drive, which could be cemented up and would make ideal pools. An attempt was made several years ago by several citizens of Ottawa to convert the ravines into an artificial lake system. This proposition did not prove practical, as it was too expensive to pump water from the river for the purpose. Since then, the ravines have been very unsightly portions of the park.

• Posters were issued today from the Herald’s press announcing the coming annual Woodmen picnic to be Aug. 13-14 in Seyler’s grove near Le Loup. The picnic is one of the biggest events of its kind in the county and nothing has been spared this year to make it more successful than ever.

• Mr. and Mrs. John Fowler of Kansas City drove here this morning in their car and spent the day making arrangements for the erection of a new residence here. Mr. Fowler purchased several days ago a 20-acre suburban tract just south of town.

• DODGE CITY — Homeseekers are arriving in Dodge City in preparation for the opening Aug. 4 of the 10,000 acres of government reserve in Hamilton County. The land office here has plats showing all the tracts in the reservation and the men who expect to make the run next week are locating as well as they can from the map the land they believe will be the most desirable. Mail inquires about the land have been numerous since the announcement from the department at Washington that a part of the tract set aside six years ago for forestration was to be abandoned to settlement. So far, the commission of the general land office at Washington has made no ruling to the land office here about the time for starting the run.

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