Archive for Thursday, June 16, 2011

100 years ago: Bicycle thefts increase in Lawrence

June 16, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 16, 1911:

  • “Following its custom of former years, the local Y.M.C.A. is again on the lookout for boys who want work during the summer vacation and any one needing a good reliable boy will confer a favor upon the Y.M.C.A. by notifying them of their needs and a boy will be supplied.”
  • “When Charles Brown, band-master of the Lawrence Band, went up to Dick’s hall last night for the regular band practice he left his bicycle in front of the building, but when he returned for it later in the evening it was gone. Evidently the two wheeled vehicle has charms for local thieves as several have been reported stolen in the past few weeks. It is getting extremely dangerous to leave a bicycle on the street any more without a pad lock. Mr. Brown is collector for the Home Telephone Company and the loss of his bicycle interferes very much with his business.”
  • “The Eudora Catholic church steeple was struck by lightning during the electrical storm last week. Where the bolt entered, a hole several inches in circumference was made and some of the shingles were ripped off, but no other damage was done, the bolt not penetrating the interior of the church.”
  • “The violators of the prohibitory law are bootleggers. These have no fixed place of abode and go from street to street. The sentiment of this city is strong for the enforcement of the law and it is also strong for the punishment of bootleggers.”


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