Saturday, October 25, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: July 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 7/18/2014

• A big Modern Woodmen of America picnic is planned Aug. 6-7 in Princeton.

• All that was needed to fan the partisan tinder to a real political blaze at the “Politics Day” opening of the Chautauqua Assembly last night was the breeze wafted against it by Bainbridge Colby, a New Yorker and Progressive party leader when he assailed President Wilson and his administration. Mr. Colby gave his convictions boldly and, while many nodded assent to his remarks, the Democratic speakers who followed him worked themselves into a white heat over it and a couple of Republicans took occasion to call the Progressive down for belittling the chief executive. Colby’s lead insured a belligerent list of talks.

• A big Modern Woodmen of America picnic is planned Aug. 6-7 in Princeton.

• All that was needed to fan the partisan tinder to a real political blaze at the “Politics Day” opening of the Chautauqua Assembly last night was the breeze wafted against it by Bainbridge Colby, a New Yorker and Progressive party leader when he assailed President Wilson and his administration. Mr. Colby gave his convictions boldly and, while many nodded assent to his remarks, the Democratic speakers who followed him worked themselves into a white heat over it and a couple of Republicans took occasion to call the Progressive down for belittling the chief executive. Colby’s lead insured a belligerent list of talks.

• The front and woodwork in the building at 207 Main Street to be occupied by the Security State Bank about Aug. 1 are being cleaned and redecorated. The building was recently leased by Clay B. Shinn who obtained the charter for the new bank.

• Final adjustment has been made in the losses caused by the fire at the C.F. Lamb store. Mr. Lamb received $9,275 and the stock. Mr. Lamb stated this morning that he would sell this stock at once and reopen his store with a new stock in the near future.

• The four lots at the northwest corner of Fourth and Locust streets were sold today by F.H. Stannard to Dr. J.P. Blunk of Ottawa. These lots are considered about the most eligible building site in Ottawa and were recently cleared of the frame house, formerly occupied by Mr. Stannard, one of the landmarks of the town. Dr. Blunk has no immediate plans for improving the lots, but it is believed he will erect a modern house thereon in the near future.

• The 35th session of the Chautauqua Assembly has begun and although the opening crowd at the big political meeting last night did not come up to the expectations, there is considerable interest in the Assembly and average crowds will probably attend throughout the 10 days.

• The spiritualists are coming to Ottawa again this year for their annual camp meeting of 10 days. It will be held in Forest Park from Aug. 21-31. E.A. Carpenter, one of the local spiritualists, is expecting a bigger attendance than ever this year and says more interest is being shown every year in this belief. There will be many mediums, materializing, trumpets and others. Special lectures will also be here during the 10 days. The convention of spiritualists will be the second big gathering in Forest Park after the Assembly.

• The mercury rested at the 100 mark today and the best the weather man can say is “somewhat higher.”

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