Archive for Sunday, August 26, 2012

100 years ago: Runaway horse and buggy speed down Mass Street

August 26, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 26, 1912:

  • "There was a runaway on Massachusetts street last night, but who was in it and where it started are a mystery. The runaway occurred about 8:30 when there were few people on the street and none of the onlookers seem to know just how it happened. It seems that there were a man and two children in the buggy when the runaway occurred. The horse ran south through almost the entire business section of Massachusetts street, and narrowly escaped colliding with other vehicles or overturning the buggy several times. The man kept his head and guided the horse until it was finally stopped near the court house."
  • "The official joy wagon of the police department took the members of the force on a spin over to North Lawrence last Saturday night and picked up a barrel of beer and an alleged vender of the spirits while on the trip. The booze was located at the home of Charles Barley, 335 Rhode Island street, and Barley was taken into custody on a warrant charging violation of the prohibitory law of Kansas. He pleaded not guilty on being arraigned and will be tried."
  • "Louis Tower has returned from the west where he took the trip with the Short Grass Motor Cycle Club. Mr. Tower says that the tourists found the roads in terrible shape, but in spite of this all had a good time."
  • "The official weather figures for yesterday give the highest temperature of the day as being 98 degrees above zero, which is hot enough but it seemed much warmer than that down town. This figure had been equaled twice before this summer so that yesterday has no claim as the hottest day. Not according to official figures, but on the popular vote it was decidedly 'the hottest of the year.' When the weather man took his first look at his indicator yesterday morning he found a temperature of 77 degrees. From there the mercury continued to advance until it had equaled former performances. That was at three o'clock. There was little change for a couple of hours when the decline began but it was not at all cold when people went to bed last night. At 9 o'clock the reading was 83 above. And then today was another hot one. The thermometer stayed up all day and at 2 o'clock stood at 95 1/2 with indications that it might go higher before night. At the same time downtown thermometers were varying between 100 and 108. It was sure some hot, and that's all there is to it."


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