Thursday, August 28, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: June 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 6/18/2014

• The celebration to be given July 4 by Gormly’s Band will be one of the biggest ever attempted in Ottawa and the fireworks display will be probably the most elaborate in Kansas. The display for the night will cost $300 and the band is furnishing a lot of other free entertainment for the Fourth of July crowd. One of the big sensational features of the fireworks display will be a reproduction of the Niagara Falls, which will show the falling water and the immense roar as the flood drops over the precipice. This pyrotechnic device will be 60 feet long, showing one solid sheet of aluminum fire which as the appearance of glittering water and the sound of the mighty cataract. The molten fire reaching the ground rebounds with a splash of silvery mist, creating an effect most realistic and inspiring.

• Announcement was made today that tent reservations for the 35th annual session of the Ottawa Chautauqua Assembly may be secured at the office of the secretary at the State Bank of Ottawa beginning tomorrow.

• The celebration to be given July 4 by Gormly’s Band will be one of the biggest ever attempted in Ottawa and the fireworks display will be probably the most elaborate in Kansas. The display for the night will cost $300 and the band is furnishing a lot of other free entertainment for the Fourth of July crowd. One of the big sensational features of the fireworks display will be a reproduction of the Niagara Falls, which will show the falling water and the immense roar as the flood drops over the precipice. This pyrotechnic device will be 60 feet long, showing one solid sheet of aluminum fire which as the appearance of glittering water and the sound of the mighty cataract. The molten fire reaching the ground rebounds with a splash of silvery mist, creating an effect most realistic and inspiring.

• Announcement was made today that tent reservations for the 35th annual session of the Ottawa Chautauqua Assembly may be secured at the office of the secretary at the State Bank of Ottawa beginning tomorrow.

• An automobile run through Franklin County to the various towns tributary to Ottawa will probably be made during the next four weeks in the interests of the Ottawa Chautauqua Assembly and under the auspices of the Franklin County Retailers Association. This was discussed at the meeting of the association last night at the city hall and the members present were in favor of it.

• County Treasurer J.H. Springer will receive applications for new automobile licenses after Saturday, June 20. The old license used during the past year expires at midnight, June 30, and all automobile owners are expected to have their new tags swinging from their machines the following day. The fee is $5 for automobiles and $2 for motorcycles. There is a new wrinkle in automobile licenses this year, which was not required last year. The automobile owners are required to give the engine numbers. This will distinguish the various machines so that the apprehension of car thieves will be easier and the state can enforce its traffic laws to a better advantage.

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