Archive for Sunday, July 31, 2011

100 years ago: Traveling game operator arrested for Lake View depot robbery

July 31, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 31, 1911:

  • “This morning a young man giving the name of Archie Stone, who says his home is at St. Joe, was arrested on the charge of having robbed the Lake View store on Thursday night. After a little hesitation he said also that he had done the same thing at McLouth, Kan., a week ago. He refused to talk at any great length, and the attorney was unable to get more than a confession from him. Stone is a young man about 20 years of age and he says he has been traveling over the country making picnics and fairs with a ‘chance’ game that he has. It is a wheel contrivance with so much a turn. If you are lucky you get a cheap ring or a piece of jewelry. He says that he has been on the road for some time with this. Last Wednesday Stone went up to the lake to work his scheme at the colored folks picnic, but he was refused admittance. That night the Lake View depot was robbed of about $15 in cash and a couple of gallons of whiskey. Stone was suspected and this morning their suspicions were confirmed. The liquor was located at Perry where Stone had left it.”
  • “Again the rain passed over and after clouding up and spilling a few drops after dark last night the sky cleared off and the rain was over for another day. It certainly seems hard for a little rain to fall just now.”
  • “Buffalo Bill has retired from the show business and the only chance of seeing this great Wild West show will be at the Grand tonight. The entire show has been reproduced in moving pictures just as played in the arena. 3,000 feet of film.”


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