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100 years ago: KU student falls off horse while riding downtown

January 15, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 15, 1911:

  • “Remember Miss Mabel Edith Ransom, the young lady who attracted attention by riding all the way from Perry, Okla., to Lawrence that she might attend school? She is the same student who had a pet gander expressed to her here, because ‘it was so lonesome without her at home.’ Well Miss Ransom has a dislocated shoulder today, and it is all because she fell off her horse on Quincy street this week. The same gentle bronco she rode all the way from the wilds of Oklahoma met a chug-chug car on Quincy and promptly bolted.”
  • “Topeka -- Agitation for Women’s Suffrage in Kansas took a definite turn today when Senator George Hodges, democrat, introduced a bill which, if passed, will give to women the coveted vote in all elections except on national tickets. Despite the fact that 100 or more women were in the state house lobbying for suffrage, the action of Senator Hodges came as a surprise even to them.”
  • “If you see a man scattering a white substance over the street car rails this evening, you will know that he is ‘salting down’ the switches. In weather of this kind when sleet is falling intermittently and then freezing, the only way the railway company can keep its switches open is to almost bury them in salt. Considerable extra power has been required today to operate the street cars. The frequent sleet storms have left the wires burdened with ice, and every car leaves a trail of green and yellow fire following its trolley pole. Whenever this occurs, a great deal of electrical energy is being wasted.”

Comments

bearded_gnome 3 years, 11 months ago

and every car leaves a trail of green and yellow fire following its trolley pole. Whenever this occurs, a great deal of electrical energy is being wasted.”

---!!! coooooooooooooooooool!

bet that was exciting.

does Miss Ransom show up elsewhere in the news?

wonder if she has offspring here or in OK.
if in OK, [smirk] maybe I'm related. lol!

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