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Archive for Tuesday, August 14, 2012

100 years ago: Police to crack down on ‘loafers’ following depot robbery

August 14, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for August 14, 1912:

  • "Lawrence is to be on the route of the proposed ocean to ocean highway across the United States. It is planned to have the government make an appropriation for this purpose and Lawrence good roads boosters are being urged to get busy and help. Dr. A. P. Hults this morning received a communication from San Francisco boosters who are anxious to have the road completed by 1915 so that it can be officially opened during the San Francisco Exposition. It is proposed to make this a national military road to be known as the 'Lincoln Memorial Highway.'" [A decision was apparently made later to take the road north, bypassing Kansas completely. See map here.]
  • "The Lawrence police department did some rapid work yesterday and this morning and three more men charged with theft are lodged in the county jail. They are accused of holding up a farmer at the Santa Fe depot on Monday night and taking $8 from his pockets.... Marshal Meyers today instructed his officers that in the future the ordinance prohibiting loafing must be strictly enforced. He is determined to clean up a gang that has been loafing about the Santa Fe depot and has instructed the police to arrest anyone found at the depot who has no business there."
  • "Two prize ears of white corn have been brought into the Journal-World office by W. C. Brown of Olathe. The corn is certainly fine and is grown from Arthur Capper's special seed corn."

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