Archive for Monday, January 16, 2012

100 years ago: Salvation Army asks help for families even if fathers are ‘shiftless’

January 16, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 16, 1912:

  • "Thirty pairs of shoes and five pairs of overshoes were taken from the H. V. Stunz Shoe Store some time between midnight and this morning. The thief or thieves broke through a window in the rear of the store, helped themselves to a good supply of foot wear and left through the window again, leaving very little clue behind them for the officers to work with."
  • "The fall of the mercury last week to twelve degrees below zero makes the question of whether or not the peach crop is damaged a very important one. Inquiry among horticulturists has disclosed the fact that there is a difference of opinion as to the degree of cold required to kill peach trees and for this reason the amount of damage will not be known definitely until spring."
  • "Unless the people of Lawrence come forward and at once, thirty families in town will be forced to go without suitable clothing during the cold weather. Captain Isaacs of the Salvation Army this morning told the Journal-World that the Army had given out all together 1,000 garments of clothing... The Army states that there are many families in town that have to be taken care of. Shiftless, you say? Maybe the men who should provide for these families are shiftless but what are you going to do about the wives, the children and the babies? Shiftless they may be but aren't these people human beings and how can a baby get out and rustle for itself? And maybe there is not so much shiftnessness as you think? Just because your position or that of whoever provides for you is an assured one all the year around, is no sign that others who work have the same fortunate life. Did you ever think about the men whose jobs, not positions, mind you, whose jobs depend upon the weather?"


FlintlockRifle 6 years, 3 months ago

Miss Sarah, you are my first read each day, great "articles" from out of the past here in Lawrence, Kansas USA. still find the words used back 100 years ago , different that todays.

Sarah St. John 6 years, 3 months ago

Awww, that made me feel all warm and happy. Thanks. :-)

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