Archive for Friday, June 15, 2012

100 years ago: Ceiling caves in at Mass Street store

June 15, 2012


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

  • "A loss that will amount to several thousand dollars was caused last night when the north half of the wooden ceilings in the Young dry goods and shoe store at 845 Massachusetts street caved in and scattered plaster and dust over the goods. It seems that the damage was due to the insecure fastening of the ceiling. The boards had been nailed on over the plaster and last night they fell by their own weight. Gas pipes were torn down and considerable damage was done to the electric wiring.... Mr. Young does not know yet just what the damage will amount to, but it will probably amount to several thousand dollars. The loss was not only to the building and the stock, but also to the business, as today was one of the best Saturdays for trade so far this season."
  • "The dignity of everyday life and the opportunities for service that are lying at every hand was the theme of Prof. William A. McKeever's address to the graduating class at Haskell yesterday afternoon. He told the graduates that they did not need to spend their time looking for great things when the so-called little duties of life were all about them. The great things will then take care of themselves."
  • "The three nickels are to be combined under the corporate name of Photo Play Amusement Company. The application is now pending before the bank commissioner under the blue sky law. The three nickels are to be taken over and capitalized for $25,000.... This deal has been pending for the past six weeks, but it was held under cover. For some time it has been felt that there could be a saving in management by having the three nickels combined. The combination is made by organizing a new company and securing an option on the property of the nickels in this city."


Tod Sutton 5 years, 8 months ago

Do I gather correctly that the 'nickels' were cheap little cabs or jutneys operating in town charging a nickel for a ride?

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