Archive for Saturday, February 2, 2013

100 years ago: Asylum escapee returns to Lawrence

February 2, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 2, 1913:

  • "Thomas Roberts, who escaped from the State Asylum at Topeka about a week ago, was captured about ten o'clock last night by Sheriff Cummings, Ike Johnson and Joe Daily. Roberts was found at the home of his wife, 1224 New Jersey street. According to the story told by Roberts to Ike Johnson last night, he escaped from the asylum while at work on the grounds and had walked all the way to Kansas City and was on his way back to see his family. He stated that he had started from Kansas City night before last and had almost frozen before he reached Lawrence. When he turned up last night at the home of his wife, the family were very much frightened on account of the threats that Roberts had made against them and notified the sheriff's office."
  • "The official thermometer at the University dropped within one degree of the zero mark this morning in keeping pace with Old Man Winter. Said O.M.W. is continuing his stay in this neighborhood and the indications are that he will stick about a while longer.
  • "The fire that destroyed the creamery was more than a loss to the stockholders. It was a loss to the city and county. The creamery has furnished a market for milk and that encouraged farmers to keep cows. The selling of milk to citizens was not of any consequence, but the making of butter and the sale of the same wherever a market could be obtained, was of benefit to this city and county. In other words the creamery was a manufacturing plant, a place where the farmers could sell their milk for cash and in turn it could be made into butter and handled at a profit all around. The creamery had a hard struggle and so far it has not been a financial success, but it is believed that it was on a firm basis and its increasing business bore out the hope that its hard days were over.... It is hoped that it will be able to resume operations at an early date. The managers will have every assistance in putting their property back into working shape. A creamery is a mighty good thing for any community."


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