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Archive for Tuesday, January 17, 2012

100 years ago: Two Lawrence men build motorized sled

January 17, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 17, 1912:

  • "Down goes the mercury, up goes the price of food stuffs. Why? Because the after effect of the extreme cold weather is now being felt. Following the tying up of the railroad lines from snow blockades and other conditions; the shortage of cars for the same reason, those who provide the public with things to eat find that they have been the sufferers to such an extent that the prices will have to be raised. Recently fourteen car loads of potatoes were frozen between Lawrence and Colorado. Quite a loss that, and this is only an example of just what happened in many other instances. Consequently the price of potatoes in Lawrence now is $1.25 a bushel to the retailers and $1.50 to the public."
  • "Two Lawrence young men have rigged up a very clever contrivance, a sled that is operated by motor power. The young men are Alva Carter and Ira Stockwell, who have the mechanical shop of 'Carter and Stockwell' in Lawrence. The young men have fastened two sleds together with a wooden wheel at the rear. A chain runs from this to the motor at the other end of the sled. Last evening the sled was doing some exhibition work and attracted quite a crowd."
  • "Eudora is putting up ice. The quality is good and the supply all that could be desired."

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 3 months ago

"The young men have fastened two sleds together with a wooden wheel at the rear. A chain runs from this to the motor at the other end of the sled. Last evening the sled was doing some exhibition work and attracted quite a crowd."

And the snowmobile was born!

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