Archive for Tuesday, July 19, 2011

100 years ago: Local merchant finds boa constrictor in banana crate

July 19, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 19, 1911:

  • "Ed. Schall of the Poehler Mercantile company yesterday afternoon discovered a young boa constrictor entwined about the stem of a bunch of bananas that have recently arrived from South America. The snake measured about thirty inches in length and weighs fifteen pounds. He was discovered inside a crate where he had evidently crawled after the fruit had been picked and packed for shipment, the boa making the trip up here from South American in a freight car. The snake was turned over to C. D. Bunker, an assistant in the Zoology museum of the university, who will preserve the body and assign the boa to a shelf in the university museum. This is the third boa constrictor to have been discovered at the Poehler building, but it is the largest one of the entire lot. Several weeks ago one was found in a banana crate that was about eight inches long. None of them have shown any inclination to bite any one."
  • "The regular Summer School of the University of Kansas closed its six weeks' session today but an additional three weeks supplemental course is planned for now. This will make a total summer course of 9 weeks instead of 6 as formerly."


Paul Decelles 6 years, 10 months ago

Ah for the good old days when shopping was fun!

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