Archive for Sunday, January 15, 2012

100 years ago: Couple rescue themselves from fall through river ice

January 15, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 15, 1912:

  • "While walking along the ice on the river about two miles below the dam yesterday afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Price, 907 Delaware, stepped upon a weak spot in the ice and both broke through and into the cold water below. Mr. Price grabbed for the edge of the ice as they went down. Luckily the ice was solid and he was able to pull himself out. He also helped his wife out and together they went to a farm house close by where they obtained some dry clothing and telephoned to town for a cab. This morning they reported no ill effects from the cold bath other than feeling a little stiff."
  • "There isn't a great deal of heat in an electric light, but there is some. That was probably the reason that some fellow unscrewed an electric light in the lobby of the post office last night, and walked away with both light and globe. There were many others in the lobby that he might have taken, but one seemed all he needed. The globe has a distinguishing mark on it, a mark that no other in town has, so it will be unsafe for the thief to use it unless he puts it in the cellar where no one can see it. He also ran a greater risk than the ordinary thief does, because the government makes it a business to follow and catch thieves who steal its property."
  • "All class work at the University will be resumed tomorrow morning. The coal has arrived and there will be no difficulty in heating the school."


FlintlockRifle 6 years, 4 months ago

Hey Sarah, did they ever catch the "light bulb/globe" thief?? or is that the end of story.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 4 months ago

FlintlockRifle, if he does get caught, we won't hear about it for a hundred years.

SpicePirate 6 years, 4 months ago

I never saw a follow-up. Somewhere in Lawrence, in the basement of some old house, there is probably still an old post-office light fixture, and everyone in the family has always wondered what it is and where the heck it came from!

Now, what struck me about today's offerings was not the Light Bulb Thief, but the first story. Who in their senses goes out for a pleasant walk and decides to walk ON THE RIVER ICE?!?!?! I mean, really!

Sarah St. John 6 years, 4 months ago

Whoops. SOMEONE forgot to log out of their account on my computer. :-)

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