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Archive for Monday, October 29, 2012

100 years ago: Politics, movie theaters, late apple crop in local news this week

October 29, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 29, 1912:

  • "A great political wave is surging over Douglas county this week and will be until the opening of the polls next Tuesday morning. All parties and factions, Democrats, Republicans, Progressives and Suffragettes and all are winding up their fight for the majority of the votes on November 5. School house meetings, street corner meetings, hand shaking trips and every variety of campaigning is being indulged in by all parties."
  • "And in this season of politics comes the story from far off Alaska of a Lawrence man and former Kansas University student who is seeking office at the hands of the citizens of that cold country. Walter L. Stewart is the ambitious politician and he has been nominated for the office of representative to the Third judicial district of Alaska. Stewart has been nominated on the Socialist ticket and it is understood that the party is very strong in Alaska and his chances for election are said to be very good. If elected he will be one of the members of the first Legislature of Alaska."
  • "F. C. Copes' youngest son was driving their Buick touring car south on Tennessee street this afternoon and at the corner of Tennessee and Henry [Eighth] tried to go round the Electric Light Company wagon, which was going west on Henry, but instead ran into a telephone pole. One side of the car was smashed and a back wheel torn off. None of the occupants of the car were injured."
  • "The owners of the three motion picture houses in Lawrence have been charged with violating the city ordinance against crowding the houses and allowing people to stand in the aisles and foyers, and warrants have been issued for Mrs. Pattee and N. H. Gibbons on this complaint.... The offenses are said to have occurred on Saturday night."
  • "The fire yesterday afternoon at 396 Lake St., North Lawrence, resulted in a total loss. The closest hydrant was over a block away and the water pressure was so low that it would not throw a stream over 10 feet."
  • "Rev. Ira Stevens of 255 Elm street has in his yard an apple tree that is doing its best to bear two crops of fruit this year. The first crop was harvested early and then the tree bloomed the second time and now it has a dozen or more apples the size of walnuts."

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