Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Early Irrigation on the Prairie

Early Irrigation on the Prairie
Candle stick style phone , with attached
 articulating arm 1897-1913--
 have you seen this phone?

Lawrence County News
April 3, 1918


Contractors are hereby notified that sealed bids will be received by Lewis A. Funk, sole Commissioner of Allison Ditch District Number One, of Lawrence County, Illinois, up to 10 o'clock a.m. of April 25th, 1918, at the courthouse in Lawrenceville, Illinois, for the construction of locks in said district for irrigation purposes. The plans call for gates, of white or yellow pine, at four points on the ditch, about 2 miles apart, to gates at each place, seven, eight and nine feet high, and about fifteen feet long; also for about 272 cubic yards of reinforced concrete; also for four 18-inch gate valves, eight windless with wire cables to open the gates, geared for one man power.

Payments will be made in cash upon estimates furnished by the engineer. Certified checks for $200 must accompany each bid. The commissioner reserves the right to reject any and all bids. The plans and specifications are on file in the office of the County clerk of said County in Lawrenceville, Illinois.
Dated April 2, 1918
Lewis A. Funk
R. F. D. No. 5, Vincennes, Indiana
Sole Commissioner,
G. C. Harvey, Engineer, Mt. Carmel.
F. C. Meserve, Attorney
 (Editor's comment: Norm Kocher's ancestors probably got the contract...you can tell him I said that...)

On another topic: Many times in the past newspapers would refer to a woman in the story as  'wife' instead of using her actual name. When I have time, I try to provide her with an identity.  (I am sure her mother didn't name her 'wife' when she was born.)   Thanks to  A. Denison for assisting me with last Saturday's post.

In reference to the Saturday, February 4, 2017 Lawrence Lore. Might the wife of E. B. Claycomb be Floy Fowler? The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index lists a marriage between E. B. Claycomb and Floy Fowler, in Lawrence County, on or about October 27, 1892. The source is Vol 2, page 27, License no. 156.