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Archive for Wednesday, December 22, 2010

100 years ago: Silk thieves hit Overbrook store

December 22, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Dec. 22, 1910:

  • “Overbrook, a little inland village 18 miles southwest of Lawrence, is greatly excited today over a daring burglary which occurred there this morning. Sometime between 2 and 3 o’clock burglars broke into the Hart general merchandise store, the most pretentious trading place in the little town, and carried away a load of choice merchandise. The thieves were discriminating and of the twelve suits abstracted from the stock, they took only the highest priced. Sixty yards of silk, the costliest in the store, was taken, together with ten pairs of shoes and two suit cases. While no tracks were visible over the frozen ground, it is believed that the burglars must have had a vehicle to haul away their booty. The robbery is very similar to the silk robberies at Olathe and other small towns this fall.”
  • “Chancellor Strong of K. U. and President A. Ross Hill of M. U. will receive invitations this week to be guests of honor at a dinner given in Kansas City during the holidays by organizations striving to retain the Thanksgiving game in that city.”

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