Thursday, November 27, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: July 1914

By LOUIS REED, local historian | 8/1/2014

LONDON — Reports of the massing of armies at strategic positions came from all points of Europe today, but no actual clash of opposing forces was registered. The attitude of the German and Russian emperors is closely watched owing to their near relations of the countries engaged.

• Ottawa is still getting some advertising through the Franklin County Retailers’ Association, but it is not exactly a valuable variety now. Trade papers and newspapers are commenting upon the fact that no one in Ottawa will undertake to succeed L.C. Jones as president of the association.

LONDON — Reports of the massing of armies at strategic positions came from all points of Europe today, but no actual clash of opposing forces was registered. The attitude of the German and Russian emperors is closely watched owing to their near relations of the countries engaged.

• Ottawa is still getting some advertising through the Franklin County Retailers’ Association, but it is not exactly a valuable variety now. Trade papers and newspapers are commenting upon the fact that no one in Ottawa will undertake to succeed L.C. Jones as president of the association.

• Prof. A.L. Bell is just now engaged in taking the annual school census of juvenile Ottawa. One of the items of information which he has to jot down in his little book is the exact age and date of birth of Johnny or Susie, as the case may be. In an effort to arrive at complete accuracy in these necessary statistics, Bell explains that he always tries to get the information from Mother, where it is possible. Whenever Father yields up the desired facts, they are subject to considerable revision. For Father somehow or other, is apt to be hazy on the dates. All this Bell patiently explained to the wife of a newspaperman the other day, as he marked back the age of one child about a year, and advanced another by several months, the first figures having been obtained from their paternal ancestor.

• Sheriff Nick Johnson has been searching since yesterday for John W. Woolsey, who has disappeared in Ottawa, but no trace of the man can be found. Bessie, the 13-year-old child, is still with Sheriff Johnson. She says she knows of no reason why her father should have left her.

• Remember that Saturday is the day to bring in those stalks of corn to The Herald and make an effort to win the prize of $5. There are indications that many tall stalks will be brought in on that date. Rumors of 17- and 18-foot corn stalks have reached Ottawa and The Herald is paying a prize of $5 for the tallest stalk. Some corn over 12 feet tall was brought in last week and the owner expects to find some taller stalks.

• Big preparations have been made for the sociability run to Centropolis tonight. Between 50 and 75 automobiles have signed up to go on the run.

• The visitors at the annual Modern Woodmen of America picnic at Le Loup this year will meet the two candidates for governor and numerous other politicians. Arthur Capper, Republican candidate for governor, has definitely announced that he will be at the picnic Aug. 13, the second day. Governor Hodges and Major W.L. “Iron-jaw” Brown will be there on the first day. The picnic will be the biggest this year in all its history and the attractions and prize lists are better than ever before.

• The Center Chapel Anti-horse Thief Association will hold its annual picnic at Hawkin’s Grove east of Ottawa on Wilson Street tomorrow. The members and their families will spend the entire day at this popular picnic ground and big picnic dinner will be served at noon under the trees. There will be horseshoe pitching contests, novelty races and various other forms of entertainment for the picnickers. Prizes have been offered by various Ottawa merchants and their families have been invited to attend.

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