Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

100 years ago: Driver loses control of ‘wild automobile’

September 19, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 19, 1912:

  • "A wild automobile caused considerable excitement on west Winthrop [Seventh] street yesterday evening and the driver, Cliff Wilson, was quite badly shaken up as a result of being thrown from the machine. Mr. Wilson was going home yesterday evening in his little Brush when in some way he lost control of the machine and it started on its wild dash that finally ended when the car came into violent contact with a tree several feet from the course which well-behaved cars should pursue. The car jumped the curbing and ran up into the yard between the Bradley and Shaw homes and into the tree in Mr. Shaw's yard. The driver, Mr. Wilson, was thrown from the car and was found underneath the wreckage. He was unconscious when found but soon recovered and today was suffering only from the shock. An examination failed to disclose any broken bones."
  • "After all it is quite probable that Lawrence people will have an opportunity of hearing Colonel Roosevelt speak in this city on Saturday. The Colonel is to be here for thirty minutes between trains and an effort is being made to secure a short address by Mr. Roosevelt while waiting for his train. It is believed that the Colonel can be prevailed upon to talk for a few minutes."
  • "Fifteen hundred students had enrolled in the classes at the Kansas University yesterday evening at the close of the day's work. These figures are 300 ahead of the enrollment at the close of the same day last year. Enrollment is in progress on the hill today and the indications are that the 2,000 mark will be reached at the close of the day. These figures further substantiate the belief of the Registrar and University people that the enrollment for this year will be the larges in the history of the school."


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