Kearney in March & Early April 1914
Weather – Continued foggy weather and sprinkles – county soaked
16th Amendment passed in 1913
1913 tax levied on last 10 months of the year
1% on first $20,000 income ($463,826 in today’s dollars) – flat rate
Filing deadline was March 1 but since that date landed on Sunday, filers
had an extra day.
St. Luke’s Hospital – had opened March 9, 1912 at 1802 First Avenue
Kearney ladies donated goods such as
chairs, basins, salt & pepper shakers, canned good, chickens,
1913 – Number of beds increased from 18 to 23; served 189 patients.
[how do you suppose that compares to Good Sam today?]
Crescent Theater – (2216 Central) was presenting “a two reel”
emotional drama “The Coryphee”
(\kor-i-fā\ - : a ballet dancer who
dances in a small group instead of in the corps de ballet or as a
with “America’s fore most moving picture actress, Florence Lawrence.”
The other feature was a “roaring comedy” “And the Villian Still Persued
Silent movies – A six piece orchestra played through both films.
Ladies who attended each received a carnation.
19th Century Club – raised enough money through the sale of Red
Cross seals in Dec 1913 to purchase two more sanitary drinking fountains to
be placed on Central Ave. down town at 21st and the other on south Central.
Men’s Community Club – sponsored a series of three lectures
given by a prominent physician on “Sex Hygiene.” Boys and young men were
invited to attend.
Kearney Quarantine?? – Traveling salesmen were not stopping in
Kearney because of the stories spreading among salesmen that the town is
quarantined dues to illnesses.
The Hub assured its readers that the
stories were “folly for the diseases, while they are large in number of
and mumps at the time, are all under restraint and no spread of the disease
is looked for by the physicians. The
sixteen cases of smallpox in the town are confined to four families and are
all under strict quarantine.”
Post Office – In April a contract with Northern Nursery of Denver was
signed by the treasury department for trees and shrubs to be planted around
the Post Office.
Included 61 barberry trees and 166
bushes varying in size from 18 inches to 8 feet high
snowball, bridal wreath, sumac, mock orange
Apparently the half block north of
the Post Office was empty
Election issues – 1331 votes cast in spring election
1. Saloon question - Voted wet by 43
votes - 7 saloons in city; vote in favor of to continue operating
2. City lighting - City lighting
carried by 182 votes;
will have 225 lights in residential and downtown compared to current 75
3. Sunday baseball - Sunday baseball
approved by 95 votes thus assuring Kearney would have a baseball team
Gibbon voted against both liquor and