Archive for Saturday, April 2, 2011

100 years ago: Lawrence police attempt to intercept Topeka ‘joy riders’

April 2, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 2, 1911:

  • “Chief Herd was telephoned this morning to watch for a stolen motor car driven by four boys. The auto was stolen in Topeka this morning by a red headed boy who gathered a party of joy riders and started for Kansas City. They are expected to pass through Lawrence about noon. The stolen car is a 1911 model Cadillac, No. 563. All the boys on the joy ride are under 16 years of age.” [Later update] “At 12:15 the stolen car passed through North Lawrence. The driver took care not to cross the river, but turned and went north on Rhode Island. Chief Herd notified both Linwood and Tonganoxie, but at 3:30 no word had been received. It is possible that the joy riders made a wide detour and returned to Topeka.”
  • “After breaking open the seals on three Santa Fe freight cars early this morning, thieves were frightened away before they had time to remove any loot. The police were called to the freight yards as soon as the broken seals were discovered, and remained until daybreak without seeing anyone loitering around the cars. A meat car, a banana car and one of general merchandise were the three the thieves had planned to enter.”


FlintlockRifle 7 years ago

Even 100 years ago the "boys" from Topeka were in trouble in Lawrence---Funny stories--thanks LJW

Sarah St. John 7 years ago

I'm glad you are enjoying it, Rifle. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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