Archive for Saturday, March 17, 2012

100 years ago: Snow still causing trouble for sidewalk-shovelers

March 17, 2012


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

  • "Officials of all the railroads whose traffic is blocked by blizzards reported improved conditions today. Six Rock Island trains, however, are stalled still in western Kansas. The private car of J. O. Brinkerhoff, a Union Pacific official, that has been blocked near Ellis, Kansas, will arrive this afternoon."
  • "In Clay Center, Kansas, they have a way of cleaning snow from the walks that will appeal to the down-trodden householder who has been forced to clean his walk about four times a week for the past two months. In Clay Center as soon as the snow stops men are put to work with a team and snow plow and in a short time every walk in town has been cleaned at the expense of the town as a whole."
  • "At a very enthusiastic meeting of the Fairview Literary Society held Friday evening 'Women's Suffrage Won the Day' in a heated debate. The question was, 'Resolved: That Kansas shall have women's suffrage.' The affirmative speakers were Miss Rosalie Griffith, teacher of the Blue Mound school, and Miss Mabel Richardson, teacher of the Fairview school. The negative side was held by E. S. Harvey. Although Mr. Harvey is a very fluent speaker and was up on his subject the two teachers proved that they were the best at debate.... This is the last meeting for the Fairview Literary until the first Friday in next November. The Fairview Literary is a decidedly 'live wire' and those who have attended the meetings have derived much benefit from them."


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 3 months ago

"Although Mr. Harvey is a very fluent speaker and was up on his subject the two teachers proved that they were the best at debate...."

Of course, nothing has changed. In the last hundred years, no man has won an argument with a woman.

Although there have been a few cases of a woman appearing to agree that a man just might possibly have a point, she was only doing it to be polite.

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 3 months ago

I think the local jail is full of "snow shovelers" if we had any snow to shovel. At lot of our southern states use the local jail people to mow, cut brush and pick up our trash from the highways, never seems to cause a problem-----

kernal 6 years, 3 months ago

And other states call it community service. That way the state doesn't incur the cost of housing the prisoner and the prisoner repays the debt to society.

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