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J. D. C. O’Grady

                                                            Civil Engineer.

                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 3, 1881.
                                              ARKANSAS RIVER BRIDGE.
At the request of Mr. Spray we publish the following letter, written by Mr. O’Grady, in response to a request by Mr. Spray, for an estimate as to the probable cost of putting said bridge structure in a state of permanent repair. This question is one that will force itself upon the consideration of our people, ere long, and must be met by prompt attention, or otherwise the money already invested in this bridge will be virtually thrown away. We need say no more at present, as the letter will explain itself.
                                                ARKANSAS CITY, July 30th.
URIAH SPRAY, Esq., Trustee, Creswell Township., Cowley Co., Kansas.
DEAR SIR: As you requested, I made a survey of the portion of the highway bridge over the Arkansas River, extending south from the south end of the new bridge to the north end of the road approach, a distance of 252 feet, with a view of submitting an embankment for the old bridge that is there now, and find the following results:
Earthwork, 4,969 Cubic Yards, @ 26 cents: $1,291.94
This would give you an embankment for road 16 feet wide on top [which would allow two teams to pass], slopes 1½ to 1, and a gradient of one and fifteen hundredths per 100 feet, which is a good one, being only sixty and seventy-two hundredths per mile.
Should you prefer extending the new part of the bridge further south for one span, it would make a difference of 1,500 cubic yards, and the comparative estimates would stand as under: Embankment from end of new bridge to approach, 4,969 Cubic Yards, @ 26 cents: $1,291.24.
  One new span of bridge 60 ft. lineal @ $25:     1,500.00
  3,469 Cubic Yards of earthwork @ 26 cents:       901.94
TOTAL:                          $2,401.94
                                   Respectfully, J. D. C. O’GRADY, Civil Engineer.
P. S.: If an embankment was determined on all the way, some stone rip-rap should be built for a short distance, but I could not say how much that would be without investigating further. J. D. C. O’G.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.
The farewell party, given by Miss Lillie Chamberlain at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schiffbauer, on Tuesday evening of last week, was one of the grandest events of the season. The full moon shown down like an immense headlight, viewing apparently, with the many Chinese lanterns that were pendant from the surrounding trees, making the scene resemble that of fairy land rather than reality.

After some time spent in promenading through the beautiful grove of fruit and forest trees, the party’s attention was directed to an immense platform prepared for the occasion, where Prof. Farringer, with the string band of Winfield, had taken position, and in a few moments it was filled with youth and beauty gliding through the graceful movements of the easy qua­drille and mazy waltz. A gorgeous repast followed, then with spirits overjoyed, each of the party instituted all manner of fun and mirth, which had to be seen to be appreciated. Mr. Matlack produced a novel figure in the terpsichorean art that few ever witnessed before, while Cal. Swarts furnished the music. To say it was an enjoyable affair don’t half express it, and for one, we hope to have the pleasure of again meeting Miss Chamberlain and her many friends under like circumstances. The Cornet Band did their best and filled the night air with delightful sounds for which the hostess came forward, and in the most charming manner, expressed her appreciation and thanked them for their kindness.
One of the men present: J. D. C. O’Grady.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 5, 1881.
Messrs. O’Grady and Bonsall are the surveyors engaged to lay out the Geuda townsite.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 12, 1881.
Mr. O’Grady has been appointed architect for the Sanatarium at the Geuda Springs. As he thoroughly understands his business, he will do himself proud thereon.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 12, 1881.
BOLTON TOWNSHIP. The citizens of this township have re­solved to free themselves from the thirty-three and one-third percent, which they have always had to pay the millers for grinding. They propose to vote bonds sufficient to assist in putting up a good grist mill, that will grind for one-eighth, as they do in States that wish to live and let live. The mill site and water power in East Bolton is a splendid one, being a cheap and heavy power. Mr. O’Grady, the surveyor and civil engineer, who has just surveyed and leveled the canal, says there is over eleven feet fall without any dam. Good for our side.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 2, 1881.
Mr. O’Grady has just completed a plat of the town site and improvements now under way at the Geuda Springs. It is artisti­cally essential and booms up nobly on paper as well as in reality.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 9, 1881.
Arkansas City has, now, a municipal engineer. Maj. J. D. O’Grady received the appointment.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 21, 1881.
We call attention to the professional card of Mr. J. D. C. O’Grady, Civil Engineer and Surveyor, which appears in this issue. Mr. O’Grady has been engaged in the work upon our canal, as well as by the Government, and upon several private undertak­ings, and in every case has proved himself thoroughly efficient in his profession.
Arkansas City, Kans.
(Official Engineer of the City.)
Arkansas City Traveler, January 18, 1882.
Major J. D. C. O’Grady returned from Pawnee Agency last week and spent several days in the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1882.

Major J. D. C. O’Grady, so we are informed, has outlived his sphere of usefulness at Pawnee, and when last seen was retreating from that place in good order. Direction southerly with an outside location on the marrowbone stage.


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