Archive for Monday, August 8, 2011

100 years ago: Local farmer catches reform-school runaways in melon patch

August 8, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 8, 1911:

  • “William Schock, living 1 1/2 miles north of Lawrence, this morning discovered two boys in his melon patch busily engaged in making a selection of a melon that they intended to appropriate for their own use. Mr. Schock caught the boys in the act and was much surprised when he learned that instead of capturing a couple of melon thieves he had apprehended a couple of youths wanted at the state reformatory at Topeka. The boys were the same ones that had broken into the Sneegas hardware store here about a month ago and later turned over to the Kansas City authorities. Mr. Schock says that the boys were tired, hungry and ragged when he caught them. He gave them some breakfast and brought them in to Lawrence.”
  • “Many out of town automobilists were in town yesterday on their way from Topeka to Kansas City. A large number came down this far and returned to their homes after dinner. The recent rains have put the roads in good shape and the auto drivers were out in full force yesterday.”
  • “The park management has secured something new to add to its list of attractions at Woodland park this week. They have secured an Arizona cowboy who will put on some fancy roping stunts for the amusement and entertainment of the Lawrence people. ‘The Blue Ribbon Kid’ as this cowboy is known on the Three D Ranch in Arizona is one of the most expert ropers in the west. Being an expert with the rope he will show the people some feats that seem almost impossible. He has the lariat down to where he can do almost anything with it. The exhibition will be held on the large platform at the park and will be entirely free.”


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 9 months ago

Reform school?

I haven't read of or heard about reform school ever since my mother threatened me and my younger brother with being sent there if we didn't behave.

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