Sunday, November 23, 2014

TODAY IN HISTORY: August 1914

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

• Of an estimated voting strength of about 9,000 in Franklin County, there were only a little more than 2,000 votes cast in the primary election yesterday. The voting was extremely light in every precinct. The absence of the usual number of contests on the various tickets caused the light poll. Vote counts by party yesterday: Republican, 1,000; Democrat, 900; Progressive, 325. The voting strength has been about 5,000 men and the number of the women voters is almost equal. The Republican vote exceeded the Democratic polls and was about three times as heavy as the Progressive poll. The women did not turn out in large numbers yesterday when the first opportunity to exercise their right of franchise came.

• F.E. Dyer of Lebo who has invented a one-flue tea kettle, has moved his plant for manufacturing his product to Ottawa. Mr. Dyer has rented the former Star Laundry building on South Main Street and has installed his machinery and will open the plant Monday. He will employ 12 men.

• Of an estimated voting strength of about 9,000 in Franklin County, there were only a little more than 2,000 votes cast in the primary election yesterday. The voting was extremely light in every precinct. The absence of the usual number of contests on the various tickets caused the light poll. Vote counts by party yesterday: Republican, 1,000; Democrat, 900; Progressive, 325. The voting strength has been about 5,000 men and the number of the women voters is almost equal. The Republican vote exceeded the Democratic polls and was about three times as heavy as the Progressive poll. The women did not turn out in large numbers yesterday when the first opportunity to exercise their right of franchise came.

• F.E. Dyer of Lebo who has invented a one-flue tea kettle, has moved his plant for manufacturing his product to Ottawa. Mr. Dyer has rented the former Star Laundry building on South Main Street and has installed his machinery and will open the plant Monday. He will employ 12 men.

• A man, name unknown, engaged a horse and buggy at the O.K. barn, 103-105 Main Street, yesterday and went riding with a woman. It is said that old John Barleycorn also rode in the buggy and the ride resulted in the death of the horse. Near the North Ottawa junction a dog ran after the horse, according to the woman, and her companion shot at it but the bullet penetrated the intestines of the horse. It died this morning. Sheriff Nick Johnson and the city officers hunted for the man last night but he cannot be found.

• About 300 men, women and children went to Woodlief this morning to join in the annual picnic of the First Baptist Sunday School. About 150 of this number went to Tauy on the train this morning, and for those who could not go on the train, hayracks were provided which left the church at 9 o’clock. Quite a number of people drove to the picnic this morning in automobiles and in buggies.

• A young motoring family named Grant from Emporia stopped here for a short time this morning on their way to Kansas City in their automobile. A small hammock that was swung from one side of the top of the automobile to the other created considerable curiosity from bystanders and when questioned what it was used for, Mr. Grant invited them to look inside and see. Wrapped in a blanket and with its eyes wide open was the youngest member of the party, the baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Grant. Mr. Grant said that the infant rides in his hammock all day without getting fretful.

• LONDON — Great Britain declared war on Germany last night. The momentous decision of the British government, for which the world has been watching, came before the expiration of the time limit set by Great Britain in yesterday’s ultimatum to Germany demanding satisfactory reply on the subject of Belgian neutrality. Germany summarily rejected the request that Belgian neutrality should be respected.

• Ottawans who happened to be outside the tree line last evening from 7:15 to 7:30 were treated to a rare spectacle of nature, the view of a blood-red setting sun in one sky and a blood-red rising moon in the opposite. The condition of the atmosphere last night was such that a haze spread before the sun, making it a crimson color, its entire outline hung like a big painted circle in the western horizon, a little north of west.

• With rain still a stranger in Franklin County and along the Marais des Cygnes River west of the county, the water supply here is getting lower every day. The water and light department is not frightened, but it is taking precautionary measures. Patrons are urged to be careful with the use of water and flat rate consumers are warned not to violate their contracts. There is considerable water stored behind a temporary dam near the N.W. Crawford farm west of Ottawa. The department also has water behind another dam on the stream beside the water works concrete dam. A complaint has been made that boating parties have torn holes in temporary dams to take boats through and have not closed them, allowing the water to escape.

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