Archive for Saturday, October 6, 2012

100 years ago: Lawrence girl brings suit after fall from roller coaster

October 6, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 6, 1912:

  • "Suit was brought in the district court today against the Lawrence Railway and Light Company, the Lawrence Amusement Company and the Lawrence Coaster Company by Emma Lehman, through her guardian Mrs. Kate Lehman, asking for damages to the sum of $14,000 for damages alleged to have been received in an accident on August 14, 1911. In the petition the plaintiff alleges that she sustained a broken jaw and other injuries while riding the roller coaster at Woodland Park. The accident occurred at Woodland Park last summer. Miss Lehman and others were riding a car when in some manner she was thrown from the car and fell to the ground. Other occupants of the car stated after the accident that the girl was standing up and that when the car struck a curve she was thrown out. This probably will be the defense of the companies sued."
  • "Thirty-Nine Dollars in prizes were awarded the juvenile gardeners and florists of Lawrence this morning as rewards for good work done during the past summer. Mrs. J. L. Brady, on behalf of the Junior Civic League, visited the various schools of the city, announced the prize winners and made the awards. She also spoke to each room of what the league hoped to do toward beautifying the city and urged more pupils of the public schools to take part in the annual contest next season. The little folks were deeply interested in the work as was shown by the many splendid gardens and flower beds which the judges have seen this summer.... [They] planted the seeds, watched the flowers and vegetables grow, watered them when there was not enough rain, kept down the weeds, nursed the weak plants into strong healthy ones and finally harvested the crops this fall. Many of them contributed substantially to the tables of their homes.... It is noticeable that a large majority of the first awards were made to children in Pinckney school. The pupils out there took an especially active part in the contest and were rewarded substantially. The prizes were cash, being $4 for first, $2 for second and $1 for third."
  • "Many a political speaker permits his lungs to run away with his logic." ... "The popular ball player says it isn't much of a trick to make a hit with a Miss." ... "The mug of a hard drinker is likely to give him away." ... "Happiness often depends on the things we don't do." ... "It takes a pretty good mixer to scatter seeds of kindness while sowing a crop of wild oats." ... "The horse doesn't care whether he dines a la cart or table d'oat, so long as he has his hay a la mowed."


Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 7 months ago

Wow! $14,000 was a lot of money to sue for!


$14,000 of 1912 dollars would be worth: $333,333.33 in 2012.

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