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Archive for Tuesday, January 3, 2012

100 years ago: Shoveling ordinance on the books in 1912

January 3, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 3, 1912:

  • "It was four and a half degrees above zero at eight o'clock this morning, but it felt much colder than that. The wind was blowing seven miles an hour from the northwest, and it made the weather almost unbearably cold. During the night the mercury fell about sixteen degrees and those who thought that the morning would bring warmer weather and turned the gas low found this morning that it was real winter, for the house was very cold."
  • "Some small boys appeared at the Journal-World office this morning and wanted to know about the coasting ordinance, saying that the coasting was 'fine' just now. The provisions of the ordinance that the council passed after some serious accidents are that there can be no coasting west of Massachusetts or south of Warren [currently Ninth] streets. This eliminates the danger of the Indiana street hill and others upon which some fatal accidents have occurred. The 'kiddies' can coast in the ravines or on other less steep inclines."
  • "Everyone about town should see that the walks are cleaned off. There is an ordinance to this effect but it is not noticeable in many parts of town. In one location in West Lawrence the snow has never been cleared away from an incline and walking is very dangerous."

Comments

Lawrence Morgan 2 years, 9 months ago

What an excellent column this is. Thanks!

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kernal 2 years, 9 months ago

Lawrence celebrating one hundred years of the always contentious shoveling ordinance!

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Sarah St. John 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you very much for the kind words! :-)

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