Archive for Tuesday, July 27, 2010

100 years ago: Burglar breaks free from city jail

July 27, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for July 27, 1910:

“A bit of twisted wire and a piece of wainscoating less than two feet long, were the instruments with which Charles Lavin cleverly gained his liberty from the city prison last night. Lavin is one of the two burglars trailed by three little Lawrence boys this week, and his breaking the jail leads the authorities to believe that he is wanted somewhere for a more serious crime, and feared discovery.... Because the name of Victor Park did not appeal to the popular imagination, the complaisant and accommodating park directors have agreed to delegate the selection of a catchy appropriate title to park patrons. When the new name was announced, the title did not seem to measure up with some of the more poetic and appropriate names submitted. The matter was taken up with the executive committee, which readily agreed to reopen the contest and allow park patrons to select the most catchy title from twelve names. Clip out ballot in the World tonight then write your choice from the list submitted by the park directors and send it in before 6 o’clock Friday night.... There was no mistake about the dog shot by Officers this morning having rabies. It had refused to touch water for two days, despite the parching heat and for more than twenty four hours had frothed violently at the mouth.”


Sarah St. John 7 years, 11 months ago

Later today I'm going to post the ballot of 12 names that they had to choose from in the second contest round. That might help!

Sarah St. John 7 years, 11 months ago

Okay, the twelve names on the ballot in the 1910 Name-the-Park contest were:

Cloverdale Highland Woodland Arcadia Quivera Eureka Welcome Shorewood Fair Oak Amusement Douglas Victor

Stay tuned to see what happened. :)

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