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Archive for Monday, July 11, 2011

100 years ago: Local store owner opts for shorter summer hours

July 11, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 11, 1911:

  • “C. J. Eriksen has returned from an extended trip throughout the east and brought many new ideas. The one which he intends to put into operation at once is to let one half of his [work] force off at 5 o’clock each evening during the hot weather. He says he would like to close up altogether at this hour and would like to see all the merchants take some steps in this direction. He will let half of his employees go at five each night until arrangements are made for a complete closing along the street.”
  • “In a conversation with a Journal-World reporter this afternoon, W. H. Pendleton said the situation in regard to crops was not so bad as most people think. The farmers were fortunate in having a fine wheat crop of excellent quality.”
  • “A concrete mixer has started work at the new Bowersock Theatre building and the work is being rushed as fast as possible. The building is to be completed and ready for the opening of the theatre season by the first of November.”
  • “The regular men of the Lawrence Street Railway company will have a picnic at Woodland tomorrow. Some interesting events are scheduled. Among them a base ball game between the night and day men and a fat man’s race. Prizes are to be given for the best cake and pie baked by the wives of the employees. The Lawrence Street Railway company will furnish ice cream and a very pleasant time is looked forward to.”

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