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100 years ago: Food inspector investigates Lawrence grocery stores, restaurants

February 9, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 9, 1911:

  • “TOPEKA -- The senate chamber was invaded by a small army of strikingly dressed women [yesterday], who were prepared to battle for a confirmation of the suffrage action taken in the House last night. The Senate deferred action on the suffrage amendment until next Monday.”
  • “George M. Remington, the traveling salesman found unconscious along the Union Pacific tracks, died at Simmons hospital shortly after noon today. He never regained consciousness after the accident which occurred some time Saturday night. Whether he fell from the Rock Island, or was robbed and thrown off, will probably never be known.”
  • “Lawrence food dealers are being grilled this week. A. G. Pike, pure food inspector, is making a careful scrutiny of food products offered for sale in Lawrence, and at the same time is making tests of all scales on which produce is bought or sold. Lawrence groceries are very clean and neat, according to Inspector Pike, but he can not say as much for the restaurants. He has been working two days on Massachusetts leaving a trail of little red condemnation tags in his wake.”
  • “A special freight train passed through North Lawrence last night that probably holds the record for long trains through Lawrence. There were 75 cattle cars, averaging 40 feet in length, two engines making one hundred feet and the caboose of 35 feet, in all the train was 3135 feet in length, making three-fifths of a mile.”

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