Sunday, October 19, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: June 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 6/27/2014

• The assessed valuation of Franklin County is $15,091,540. Of the 16 townships of the county, Franklin Township has the highest per acre valuation. There are a total of 361,489 acres of taxable land in the county. The value of this, not including improvements, is $12,787,334. And the average value per acre is $35.34.

• Murray Hollingsworth, 30, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hollingsworth of Lyndon, shot and killed his wife and dangerously wounded himself at noon today in Lyndon, following a quarrel that began last Thursday.

• The assessed valuation of Franklin County is $15,091,540. Of the 16 townships of the county, Franklin Township has the highest per acre valuation. There are a total of 361,489 acres of taxable land in the county. The value of this, not including improvements, is $12,787,334. And the average value per acre is $35.34.

• Murray Hollingsworth, 30, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hollingsworth of Lyndon, shot and killed his wife and dangerously wounded himself at noon today in Lyndon, following a quarrel that began last Thursday.

• The U.S. District Judge in southern Iowa declared the last passed session by the Iowa legislature unconstitutional. A law had authorized a surgical operation called vasecotomy on idiots, feeble-minded, drunkards, drug fiends, epileptics, syphilitics, moral and sexual perverts, and mandatory as to criminals who have been twice convicted of a felony.

• Another case of “bootlegging” was discovered last night by the officers, and the guilty party, William Shawver, was arrested and charged with selling and giving away liquor. He appeared in police court this morning and entered a plea of guilty to the charge. He also pleaded guilty to a second charge, that of “loitering on the streets without visible means of support.”

• A few days ago, Mayor Harris, while on an inspection trip in Forest Park, had his attention attracted by the sound of voices in the brush along the river at the rear of the grounds. Stepping up closer to find out what was going on, the mayor was surprised to see a rush of Ottawa citizens scattering in all directions at high speed. One young man who has a local reputation as a “sport,” jumped into the river and without waiting to disrobe, swam to the farther side. Mayor Harris has determined to clean up the park of the crowd of “crap shooters,” which has infested it for several years back to the annoyance of good citizens generally.

• The Star Chautauqua system will conduct a Chautauqua at Wellsville, for six days, beginning Wednesday, July 1, and closing Monday night, July 6. The Wellsville folks have arranged to set up the tent in the City Park, one block east of Main street, and it will be electrically lighted for the evening numbers.

• A chigger, one of those little “Peruvian Pests,” can cause a good man or woman to lose his or her temper quicker than an animal a million times as big. If you are speaking to someone on the street and he seems peeved, just watch him for awhile and you can see him go to scratching and digging as if a bumble bee had suddenly stung him. Some of the Ottawa merchants are figuring on raising the price of salt until after chigger season as almost everyone who can do so takes a salt bath before retiring for the night so that he may sleep in peace.

• Fourteen of the 20 warrants issued yesterday from the city clerk’s office for the arrest of delinquent poll tax payers were served, or an attempt was made to serve them today. In only a few cases was it possible for the constable to get service, as many of the persons in the first lot had moved away from Ottawa within the past few months. Eighteen persons whose names are in the fatal box, but have not yet been drawn out, appeared at the City Hall and paid the tax, thus avoiding the arrest and fine.

• The campaign for the sale of season tickets to the Ottawa Chautauqua assembly, which is being made by the Retail Merchants Association, began today, and at 3:30 this afternoon approximately 500 season tickets had been sold. All of the committees put in practically the entire day canvassing the merchants and business men on Main Street and they were well pleased with the results. During the canvas this morning, nearly all the committees were working simultaneously, and as soon as 50 tickets had been sold, the report was sent in to the office of the merchants association. Two strokes of the fire bell and a couple of blasts of the Santa Fe whistle announced the addition of each lot of 50 tickets sold. There were nine reports phoned to these stations.

• A little excitement was caused on the Airdome stage last night when a pocket full of matches which John Plummer had in his overalls pocket caught fire. Mr. Plummer was changing scenery in one of the acts and in some manner the matches ignited burning a large hole in his pants. One of the actors, seeing the predicament that Mr. Plummer was in, picked up a water pail and threw the contents on him putting out the fire.

• EL DORADO — the bravery and quick wit of Mrs. J.E. Elson, a mile south of town saved her 6-month-old daughter from the fatal fangs of a huge rattlesnake Saturday evening. While hanging out clothes, Mrs. Elson saw the rattler going into the kitchen door where her baby lay on the floor. Running forward, she reached the door just as the snake was crossing the threshold and sprang over it. She slammed the screen door as she entered and the snake was caught underneath it. Grasping her infant to her body, Mrs. Elson screamed and Mrs. Jerry Hutson, who lives nearby, came to her assistance with a hoe. The snake, which was quite long, was soon killed.

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