Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 2012

100 years ago: Asylum escapee frightens Lawrence residents

July 17, 2012


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

  • "On Monday night there was some commotion in North Lawrence for a while. An insane man who has escaped from the asylum in Topeka was running about in the yards near the Union Pacific depot, tearing clothes from the clothes-lines and looking into the houses. He had come down on Rock Island train number 39 and when he reached Lawrence refused to get off when the trainmen told him to. The police were called and the man escaped from the train to the neighboring yards, where he frightened the people by his actions. The insane man was finally captured by the police, and he was taken back to Topeka in an automobile."
  • "'Better put a little coal or wood into your cellar before winter sets in,' is the advice Manager Joe Dunkle is giving the patrons of the Lawrence Gas Company. 'I don't know now what turn the gas affairs will take this winter and this warning is not given out to alarm the people, but it is a precaution that people should take even under the most favorable conditions. We cannot tell what may happen to shut off the gas supply and people should have an emergency fuel supply on hand to carry them through such a time.... I expect to know something more definite by the middle of next month regarding the amount of gas that may be expected for this winter and will give out a statement then. But just now I can say nothing, but that it is a wise precaution for everyone to take and have a little coal or wood handy if the gas fails.' It is hot weather now, but this is the time to look out for next winter. There was some suffering last winter in Lawrence when the gas supply failed and it is to avoid this suffering that the warning is being sounded now."
  • "Richard Farris, the Assyrian who was arrested for trespassing on the White school grounds, tried to hang himself at the jail this afternoon. He succeeded in choking himself severely. Prisoners in the adjoining cells called the officers and Farris was rescued."


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

Richard Farris, the Assyrian

OK, what do they mean by "Assyrian?" Richard Farris is very clearly not a name from the region typically referred to as Assyria.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

You may be right.

And letting his horse eat that grass-- I agree, pure evil.

acg 5 years, 10 months ago

I think the White School is that older white school house in north lawrence right near TeePee junction.

Sarah St. John 5 years, 10 months ago

Weiser: This one.

The former White School, 1510 N. Third St. in North Lawrence, is up for auction at 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

The former White School, 1510 N. Third St. in North Lawrence, is up for auction at 11 a.m. Nov. 19.

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