Friday, December 19, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: July 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 7/23/2014

• There will be no consolidation of school districts at Lane at the present time, but the Lane schools will be improved. Plans had been made for a consolidation of three districts in Franklin County, including Lane and two in Miami County. If these district had consolidated, a big union high school with a new building about, 10 acres of land and the latest improvements for manual training and other modern school equipment had been proposed. One of the Miami districts did not favor the consolidation and others wanted a specified number in the proposed union. Lane has also voted for a term of nine months.

• Plans are being made for the sociability run to Centropolis next Wednesday night, July 29. Two weeks will have elapsed since the last trip and it is hoped that a large number of automobiles will turn out for the Centropolis visit.

• There will be no consolidation of school districts at Lane at the present time, but the Lane schools will be improved. Plans had been made for a consolidation of three districts in Franklin County, including Lane and two in Miami County. If these district had consolidated, a big union high school with a new building about, 10 acres of land and the latest improvements for manual training and other modern school equipment had been proposed. One of the Miami districts did not favor the consolidation and others wanted a specified number in the proposed union. Lane has also voted for a term of nine months.

• Plans are being made for the sociability run to Centropolis next Wednesday night, July 29. Two weeks will have elapsed since the last trip and it is hoped that a large number of automobiles will turn out for the Centropolis visit.

• The annual fair and picnic will be held in Richmond Aug. 28 and 29.

• One of the best advertisements Ottawa and the Chautauqua Assembly have had during the past 10 days is Gormly’s Band and all of the Assembly visitors have been greatly pleased with the music furnished by the organization.

• In the Chautauqua Assembly receipts for today and tomorrow, the last two days, will amount to $170, the 1914 Assembly will come out without a deficit, according to Secretary E.S. Stucker in his statement. The 1913 Assembly ended with a deficit of $1,200. The 1914 assembly has had expenses and receipts both totaling $2,740.

• It is understood that the Ottawa men who had negotiated to build a transmission line to Quenemo to furnish electricity for lights and power have either failed to secure sufficient funds or have decided not to continue operations. The line will not be built from Ottawa, and Lyndon men are considering a similar proposal, it is said. The contract to build a transmission line from Ottawa to Quenemo was let to the Marais des Cygnes Power Company over bids from Lyndon several months ago. Delays were caused and the Quenemo council recently demanded a bond of $1,000 for the erection of the line. Later it rescinded this action but the Ottawa promoters had announced that they would not attempt to build the line, it was said today. A Lawrence man is negotiating with Quenemo citizens for a plan to build a light plant and ice factory.

• Satisfactory arrangements have been made and ball fans in Ottawa will get to see a real game of baseball here Friday afternoon. The Kansas City Red Sox were in Ottawa overnight last night and went to Baldwin City today where they will play the Baldwin team today and tomorrow. The manager of the Red Sox was here and made arrangements with the Business Men’s Club to play the businessmen’s team here Friday.

• Some corn that grew to be 16 feet high in 70 days is on the C.F. Wolf farm west of Ottawa. Sample stalks will be taken to Iowa to advertise Franklin County by Thomas Hayward of this city.

• Independence, Missouri — After 26 years of uninterrupted sway, the saloons of Independence were voted out yesterday by a majority of 105 after one of the most strenuous campaigns in the history of the town.

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