Archive for Friday, November 18, 2011

100 years ago: Coffee-maker explodes in downtown restaurant

November 18, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 18, 1911:

"As the result of an explosion of the coffee urn at Weyermuller's restaurant today, the front and back of the room were blown out and minor damage done to the interior. The explosion took place at four o'clock this morning when there was no one around, or personal injuries might be added to the results of the blowing up. The urn at Weyermuller's is one of the big coffee machines used generally in restaurants, and is operated by a steam process. The trouble this morning evidently must have been that one of the valves went wild.... The entire front of the room was blown up, the glass being completely shattered in the front windows. At the rear of the room the same condition existed while the contents of the room were scattered about. Those who came down town early this morning and saw the room wondered what had happened. It looked as if there might have been some sort of a fight. Wild rumors floated that a bold hold-up man had tried to work his schemes in the shop and that there had been some gun play. When it was learned that a coffee urn had exploded there were many who tried to regard it as a huge joke, as coffee sometimes is strong enough to do damage."


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

I think some coffee did the same thing to me when I drank too much of it too fast!

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