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Archive for Friday, July 10, 2009

100 years ago: Lawrence to gain amusement park

July 10, 2009

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From the Lawrence Daily World for July 10, 1909: Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rice are the parents of a 14-pound girl. Sam, who is porter at the Fisher and Vaughn barber shop, was handing out cigars on the strength of the 14 pounds. . . . A small amusement place is to be established in Lawrence this summer, the beginning of a real amusement park when the street car company gets ready to take up this matter. Permission has been given to put in a ferris wheel and other attractions on the two lots just next to the park where the skating rink formerly was. . . . Gov. Stubbs learns that some insurance agents in Kansas are suddenly raising their rates under the new law and he is going after them. . . . The first electric line rails were laid on Massachusetts Street today. After nearly a week of delay partially due to stormy conditions, the work began and large crowds were on hand to watch. Heavy work is going on around the Eldridge House and more men are due to be put to work as the project continues to the south.

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