Archive for Saturday, March 17, 2012

40 years ago: Local man damages bridge to move house

March 17, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 17, 1972:

  • Clouds were gathered over Lawrence today, but the murky weather was not standing in the way of a gardening tradition. Mr. M. K. Thornhill, 730 North Street, was featured in a front-page photo dropping potato sets into the prepared North Lawrence soil. St. Patrick's day had long been, for many, the official day for planting potatoes.
  • A Lawrence man was facing charges of felonious destruction of property after an incident involving a moving house. According to reports, Leonard Sharon, 34, had caused an estimated $700 in damages to a county bridge by "beating the top six inches off it with a sledge hammer, so that a house could pass over the railings." The bridge, located about three miles south of Clinton, had been damaged when Sharon was attempting to move the house from the Clinton Reservoir area to near Vinland.


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