Archive for Tuesday, February 7, 2012

100 years ago: Local man on bicycle struck by broken power line

February 7, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 7, 1912:

  • "Gus Miller, of 824 Maine street and porter of the Ober Clothing store, had a narrow escape from electrocution last night when he was struck by the end of a broken trolley wire at the corner of Henry and Tennessee streets. Mr. Miller was riding home on his bicycle close behind a west bound car when the trolley wire broke and the end of it struck him and knocked him from his wheel. He was knocked to the pavement but in some almost miraculous manner he escaped the shock of the current and his only injury was that sustained from his fall.... The break in the wire tired up the car service in this line for close to an hour last night while workmen repaired the break."
  • "It may be that next year when the picture exhibit is given at the University of Kansas, that the Board of Regents will set aside a sum whereby the exhibit may be financed and the price of admission lowered so that all students may attend. The board yesterday entirely commended the present exhibition and said some very nice things about the works of art."
  • "The annual senior play of the Lawrence High School bids fair to be the 'best ever.' The final try-out for the play took place yesterday and the pupils selected today who will appear. 'The Deacon's Second Wife' is a three-act comedy staged on a New Hampshire farm. It was very successfully presented at the Horace Mann school in New York in 1909.... For the first time in the high school the cast was chosen by the 'try-out' system, which worked very satisfactorily."

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