Archive for Monday, March 14, 2011

100 years ago: Lawrence banks did not help bootleggers

March 14, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Mar. 14, 1911:

  • “The Lawrence banks never aided the bootleggers in violating the prohibitory law. A. Monroe was the first man to raise the cry of alarm and he took decisive steps at once to see that the Merchants National Bank was not a party to the violation of the law. Two years ago Mr. Monroe in speaking of the matter said: ‘I noticed a class of fellows coming into the bank who ought not to have any business there. I started an inquiry at once and discovered that they were using the bank to aid them in violating the law. It stopped the day I learned the truth.’ Then the clearing house association took the subject up and since that time no Lawrence bank has been a party to violating the law.”
  • “The quarantine which has been maintained over the home of Dan Vaughn, 120 Perry, for nearly two months was raised yesterday. Vaughn is the stone mason who contracted the disease from the hobo who brought the epidemic to Lawrence. Five members of the Vaughn family have had the disease since the home was quarantined. In all members except Mr. Vaughn, the disease has been very mild.”
  • “There is a veritable flower garden in the basement of Watkins National Bank, where Will Morrow reigns supreme. There is a lemon tree there with six lemons on and the fruit is ripening nicely. The basement is very attractive.”


strateup 6 years, 9 months ago

What kind of disease did the Vaughn family have? It must have been pretty bad for a two month quarantine.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 9 months ago

Whoops, sorry -- it was smallpox. I've embedded some links for you. Thanks!

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