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Archive for Monday, August 20, 2012

100 years ago: Streetcar accident injures vehicles; driver in good shape

August 20, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 20, 1912:

  • "What might easily have been a more serious accident occurred last night when an empty street car ran into the rear of a car in front of it on Winthrop [Seventh] street. As it was, the motorman, A. R. King, was only slightly injured and the front end of the car broken in. King was caught between these two cars and it is surprising that he was not seriously injured."
  • "In the middle sixties Louis Churchbaugh came to Willow Springs township and settled as a renter on what is now the John Hyre farm. His entire wealth consisted of wife, children, a team and a rickety farm wagon. At his death early last year Mr. Churchbaugh left an estate, which at appraised valuation, amounts to about $35,000. Mr. Churchbaugh was born in Germany and was a man of strong character. He was scrupulously honest, industrious to a marked degree and confident of his power and judgement. He worked early and late and each year added to his savings.... A story is told of his going several miles to pay a few cents overpaid him by mistake."
  • "Since giving orders that loitering about the depot must be stopped five persons have been arrested by the local police department and brought into court. The officers have been watching the depot closely and a determined effort is being made to do away with the annoyance of loafers."
  • "Leonard Printz, forty-five years old and married, is dead at Codell, Kansas, the result of a kick by a mule over the head. He lived twenty-four hours. He was putting the harness on the animal and had one of its forefeet strapped up, but in some manner the mule handled its hind foot with sufficient strength to kill its victim."

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