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Archive for Saturday, September 3, 2011

100 years ago: Armed melon thief threatens local farmer

September 3, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 3, 1911:

  • "F. X. Kennedy, the plumber, says that the demand for houses in Lawrence this fall has caused some of the older houses to be rented that remained vacant last year. Quite a number of these old buildings are now being equipped with modern conveniences in order to supply the great demand for residences. Judging from present indications there will be mighty little in the way of vacant property in Lawrence within the next week or two."
  • "The improvements at the Weaver building are fast nearing completion. The brick work on the new front is practically all done. The windows will be put in soon and the work completed. The new front is certainly a handsome one with its white brick and terra cotta trimmings."
  • "Ernest Crosby ... went to rob Perkins melon patch and when the owner interfered he drew a gun and dared the man to come on. The result was that the owner did not want to take chances on his life to save a few melons and backed off. Crosby then dropped his sack of melons and started for town. A neighbor saw him and threatened to shoot but Crosby declared that he would do some shooting himself. This was Thursday night and yesterday a warrant was issued for his arrest. he was placed in jail and is there yet."
  • "C. H. Benzo brought to town today 6 melons which he was sending to the state fair at Topeka. The largest weighed 47 pounds and none of them fell below 40 pounds. Mr. Benzo also had some sweet potatoes which looked like record breakers. He has a forty acre farm and is making good money off of it this year."

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