From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 3, 1909: Bowl Weidman, age 15, is to go to the reform school, to remain until he is of age for stealing watermelons. He has a reputation for being a bad boy with all the neighbors down on him in the Grant Township area where he lives. . . . J.J. Shirar, chairman of the committee to further plans for a Wakarusa Valley drainage district, has called a mass meeting to discuss the matter with engineers. . . . A thief or thieves who entered Weaver’s store through a skylight yesterday got off with a lot of booty and police believe the burglary was committed by professionals. . . . The lists of books for local school pupils have been released and many have noticed a rise in the costs of most of them. Books are exchanged where possible but there are so many new books this year that may be impossible for many. . . . Lawrence school teachers will have to undergo physical examinations and have approval slips to show the board of education before they can enter the class rooms this year. This includes everyone from the superintendent to the janitors since the school board is taking every precaution for protection of pupils.
100 years ago: Boy sent to reform school for stealing watermelons
September 3, 2009